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Annual Dinner and Awards Night

Lodsworth Cricket Club held their annual Dinner and Awards Night at the Hollist Arms on the 8th January 2011. Chairman John King welcomed 37 players and their partners and guests to a friendly evening with a splendid dinner provided by staff of the Hollist Arms hosted by the club President George Bristow.

Skipper Andy Long announced the awards for the 2010 season.

  • Player of the Year – Graham Braithwaite
  • Batsman of the Year – Graham Braithwaite (Average 102.8 – Highest score 101 not out v Fittleworth)
  • Runner up Batsman of the Year – Alfie Bunker (Average 54 – Highest score 96 not out v Fittleworth)
  • Bowler of the Year – Andy Long (29 wickets – Average 16.83)
  • Runner up Bowler of the Year – Matt Hall & Dave Clark (15/14 wickets – Average 21.20)
  • Fielder of the Year – Andy Long (8 Catches and 2 run outs)
  • The John King Trophy for Best Individual innings in 2010 – Jack Dimond (101 not out v Milland)
  • The Hollist Arms Trophy for Best Individual bowling performance of 2010 – Paul Phillips (4 for 38 v Storrington)
  • Young Player of the Year – Harry Dimond (Highest score 108 not out v Tillington)
  • Most Improved Player of 2010 – Lee Ayres
  • Duck Trophy – Paul Phillips & Ollie King (3 ducks each)

The Hickey/Houghton Trophy awarded to the person or persons who have made a substantial contribution to the club – Len and Shirley Hall

The honoured guests of the Cricket Club Annual Dinner were Alan Thompson and Joe Clifford. Bob Powell the club Treasurer welcomed them.

Alan Thompson

Alan Thompson is the MD of Contract Candles Ltd. His firm generously sponsored the cricket team’s shirts in 2010 and his son 14-year old Jonno occasionally plays for the village team.

Joe Clifford

Joe Clifford was born in Lodsworth in 1944 and lived in the village until the late 1960’s. Joe played his first game for the village team at the age of 7 years old against West Dean & Singleton in 1951 and he took a catch at square leg. Although most of his early cricket was played at Lodsworth he also played for Tillington and Petworth Park.

In the 1960s Joe moved to Hampshire but he continued to play regularly for the village cricket team. His most famous achievement was in a game against Heyshott on the 6th June 1976. The Heyshott team played with 12 men but it was of little help to them for Joe took all 11 wickets in an amazing spell of spin bowling. Joe played one game for Lodsworth in 2010 and thus recorded the remarkable achievement of playing for Lodsworth for six decades.

Joe’s father George Clifford lived in the village from 1938 until his death in 1983 and he played for Lodsworth CC until he was 72 while Joe’s son Johnny Clifford and his nephew Matt Hall play for the current Lodsworth team and carry on the family tradition.

Johnny Clifford played his first game for the village against Stedham at the age of 11 and Matt Hall, the Lodsworth captain from 2007 to 2008, played his first game for the club at the age of 9 against Heyshott in 1987. He batted number 11 and scored 4 runs. Furthermore Matt’s mother, Shirley Hall (nee Clifford) was the scorer for the village team from her teenage years until the mid-1990s.

Lodsworth’s Barmy Army

In late January Tim and Gillian Johnson returned from Australia where they followed the victorious England team in the Ashes series. Over the course of the next twelve months Tim will no doubt recount to all who ask, the finer details of the English batting and bowling performance.

The Annual General Meeting

The AGM of the Lodsworth Cricket Club will be held at the Hollist Arms on Friday February18th at 7.30. All players and committee members are requested to attend.

Bob Powell


Of Pitches and Pubs

In the Lodsworth Cricket Club notes in the December edition of Outlook, I reflected on the individual and team performance in the 2010 season. Now as the year draws to a close we begin to contemplate the 2011 fixture list. The nature of village cricket is that our list of opponents does not change much from year to year though occasionally we drop an opponent – for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the opposing team is unable to raise a Sunday XI as happened with Easebourne two years ago, sometimes the opposition, although a thoroughly likable group of fellows habitually turn up with only 7 players as was the case with the Brighton-based Zambuca Tigers. Occasionally we have dropped nearby villages because they do not play in the ‘spirit’ of village cricket. There is another village that we have considered dropping because their umpire is incredibly biased to the extent of being deaf and blind to slip catches. The opposite happens of course – many years ago we had an on-pitch altercation with West (or was it East) Harting and they refused to play us the following year.

But things have a habit of working out for the best and we have a built up a really excellent fixture list of about 23 matches between the end of April and the end of September, consisting of genuine village teams such as Ebernoe, Kirdford, Milland, Tillington, Tangmere and Fittleworth plus some good league teams such as Goodwood, Loxwood, Bosham, Storrington and West Chiltington. The icing on the cake is to play the Arundel Castle XI, The Parham Park XI and The Cricket Society. The quality of the fixture list is entirely due to our tireless Chairman and Fixture Secretary John King.

So what is the attraction of the teams we play other than the game itself. One has to be the setting in which we play? Ebernoe is an unusual ground with a road running across the pitch. Car drivers have to halt on the perimeter until the end of an over and a six is scored only if the ball clears the surrounding hedge. Parham Park is magnificent with the Elizabethan mansion, built in 1577, in the background and with deer alongside the lake. Bosham too play in the grounds of a country house and one recent game against Arundel Grasshoppers in the grounds of Arundel Castle was memorable.  Our own delightful recreation ground has an unusual feature in that it has a mature tree inside the boundary.  The village green at Lurgashall is also a superb venue, evocative of all that is best in village cricket with the Noah’s Ark Pub pub on the boundary

Indeed a nearby pub is essential for opponents of the LCC. We head for the Stag Inn at Balls Cross after the Ebernoe game, The Crown Inn serves a good pint after the Parham Park game, while the Horse Guards Inn at Tillington is the place to celebrate a victory (or drown our sorrows) after a hard-fought game against our nearest neighbours. The White Swan at Bosham and the The Foresters Arms at Kirdford are also good hostelries as is The Bader Arms at Tangmere with its memories of a wartime hero. Our own Hollist Arms is a place of real character where we hold our annual dinner and committee meetings although we mourn the loss of another good village pub and bastion of village cricket – The Lickfold Inn formerly run by LCC batsman James Hickey and his family. Its current owner has squandered the pub’s wonderful atmosphere.

What other aspects attract us to village cricket? Well there is the quality of teas provided. Each village appears to compete with its neighbours to provide a memorable tea. An Ebernoe tea is worth playing for, as is an Arundel Tea and the teas at Tillington are exemplary. None of course rival the scrumptious teas supplied by the good ladies of Lodsworth.

So as the New Year dawns the thoughts of the members of Lodsworth Cricket Club turn to a new cricket season with long summer days, warm sunshine and good fellowship on and off the field. If you care to join us – whether for the games, the teas the pitches or the pubs make a resolution to contact John King.

Bob Powell