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2010 Season Review

Another cricket season draws to a close and we can claim that this has been one of the best of recent years. We played 18 games, won 8, drew 3, and one game against Tangmere resulted in a tie with both teams recording exactly the same total. Only six losses were recorded

The highlights have been Jack Dimond’s 101 not out against Milland, Oliver King’s intelligent 70 against Bosham to secure a draw, Harry Dimond’s108 not out against Tillington and his 91 against Arundel, Andy Long’s aggresive 56 to beat Bury, Paul Phillips 4 for 38 against Storrington, Graham Braithwaite’s 101 not out against Fittleworth and his 85 not out against Parham Park, Alfie Bunkers 96 not out against Fittleworth and Richard Gough’s 64 against Grayswood. There has been steady support from James Hickey, Matt Hall, Andy Wilson-Smith, Paul Phillips, Dave Clarke, Lee Ayres, Jon Clifford and Nick Bellion.

It is probably true to say that Lodsworth, once better known for their bowling prowess have now become more of a batting team. It was once the case that a score of 150 runs was regarded as par for two and half hours in the field but on five occasions this year Lodsworth scored in excess of 200 runs and in two other games scored more than 300 runs.

But increasingly, having batted first and amassed a large score the village team were unable to capitalise on this and bowl the opposition out. Thus Arundel and Tillington were able to eke out a draw and Parham Park won in the last over even though Lodsworth had put 205 runs on the board. Put another way we could have won three more games if the bowlers had a little more success. Only skipper Andy Long has excelled with the ball this year although Paul Phillips turned in a particularly strong performance against Storrington.

We won mostly against genuine village Sunday XI’s and lost against teams with a strong League contingent in their line-up namely Loxwood, Goodwood, Storrington, West Chiltington and the Cricket Society. But it is good that the village team is playing better opposition for only in that way will we improve. We also have more ‘village people’ in the team with Rob Collins and Fergus Cruikshank playing regularly and cameo performances by Richard Gough, Finn Campbell, Tom Atkins and Gerry Keen. The tail-enders were occasionally called on to add a few runs and Bob Powell, Pete Long and on one occasion John King did this with alacrity.

Apart from the success on the field Paul Phillips is to be congratulated on the quality of the wicket at the Recreation Ground. Over the last five years it has improved enormously under Paul’s stewardship and is now as good as any we play on, including the grounds of League clubs that have full-time groundsmen. The facilities of the club include an excellent practice strip with artificial turf and nets and a newly acquired catching cradle. The sightscreens enhance the quality of the game and again are a bonus that most village teams cannot aspire to. All of this we could not have achieved without the generous help of our sponsors and vice presidents. The outfield is also much improved as a result of regular mowing organised by the Recreation Hall Committee.

And finally a big thankyou to John King our Chairman, Secretary and Fixture Secretary and to Jill King. It is probably true that cricket in Lodsworth would not have survived in the last decade without John’s enthusiasm for the game and Jill King organises a group of ladies (and occasionally gentlemen) including Zena Davies, Teggy Phillips, Vikki Braithwaite and Gillian Johnson who serve the finest cricket teas in Sussex.

I have an admission to make – your scribe and sometimes wicket keeper did not take a catch all season. Is this a record for a wicket keeper in any class of cricket? In mitigation he did stop numerous byes with various parts of his anatomy.

Bob Powell

AGM Minutes

7 members attended.  Apologies received from Andrew Wilson-Smith

Agenda Item 1 – Welcome by John King, the Chairman

2009 was a good season.  Results were encouraging and could have been even better had one or two narrow defeats/draws gone our way.  There were some definite plusses.  Particularly pleasing was the number of young players who played for the club and thanks are due to young Harry Dimond.  We hope to see them playing again this year.  Team spirit was also positive.  JK thanked Andy Long, the Captain, for his tireless efforts on and off the field; thanked Paul Phillips for his work in preparing the square and outfield; thanked Bob Powell for looking after the accounts and recorded the Club’s grateful thanks to the tea ladies for their support.  2010 looked to be another challenging season and, as ever, there was an urgent need for some new players.

Agenda Item 2 – Report on the 2009 Season by Andy Long

AL reported briefly on the Club’s playing results.  He had been encouraged by the availability of the young players and only in the first few weeks had there been difficulties in fielding full teams.

Agenda Item 3 – Report on 2009 Accounts by Bob Powell

BP presented the accounts.  The Club’s capital had gone down from £2,782 (2008 accounts) to £2,305 i.e. £477.  There were several reasons for this.  It was agreed:

  1. We needed to be tougher in getting players’ annual subs
  2. We should organise one or two fund raising events (see agenda item 14)

BP reported that, as with the previous year, the accounts were being audited by Niel Daubeny.  (Action – BP to clear with Niel the minor points raised by him)

The accounts were accepted unanimously by the members present.

Agenda Item 4 – Report on Grounds Matters by Paul Phillips

PP reported briefly and mentioned that, as ever, there was a paucity of volunteers to help with the grass cutting.  (Alan Thompson volunteered to help).  The AGM confirmed that PP should repair the sightscreen within a budget figure of £350 (Action PP).  PP also mentioned that the mower was probably reaching the end of its useful life and would need increasing maintenance.  JK suggested a notice in “Outlook” enquiring whether anyone in the village had a suitable mower which they were prepared to offer to the Club.  (Action JK).  It was also agreed that PP should arrange for the pitch to be rolled at a cost of £187.  (Action PP).

Agenda Item 5 – Election of Club Officiers for the 2010 Season

The following officers were elected:

Club President    George Bristow

Club Chairman    John King

Club Captain     Andy Long

Club Vice Captain    Paul Phillips

Honorary Secretary    John King

Honorary Fixture Secretary  John King

Honorary Treasurer    Bob Powell

Gounds Member    Paul Phillips

Club Rep on the Village Hall Comm. John King

Additional Committee Members  Andrew Wilson-Smith, John Clifford

Alan Thompson, James Hickey

Club Honorary Auditor It was agreed that Niel Daubeny should be asked to serve again (Action JK)

Agenda Item 6 – Club Playing Equipment

No new equipment is needed. (Action JK sort out equipment for the 2010 season).

Agenda Item 7 – Fixtures for the 2010 Season

The confirmed fixture list is attached to the minutes.  A new fixture has been arranged with Storrington.  In total 22 fixtures, 10 home games, 12 away games.

Agenda Item 8 – Preparation of Fixture Card

The target is to have the fixture cards ready for distribution by mid-April (Action JK)

Agenda Item 9 – Recruitment of New Players

All present were aware of the need to attract new players for the coming season.  JK mentioned that Easebourne CC were unlikely to play Sunday matches and there could be one or two of their players who might be interested in playing for Lodsworth (Action JK to follow up).

Agenda Item 10 – Club Vice-Presidents and Sponsors for 2010 Season

Vice Presidents: JK will write to existing VPs and will also contact possible new VPs.


  1. Andrew Wilson-Smith very kindly agreed to donate the match balls.  The meeting recorded its thanks.
  2. Alan Thompson also indicated that his company would be prepared to sponsor 15 -20 new club shirts with the company logo added to the Club logo. The meeting recorded its grateful thanks.  (Action JK to follow up with AT).

Agenda Item 11 – Practice Nets/Matches

Sunday 28th March  AL to organise the first nets.

Sunday 18th April   AL to organise a practice match.

Agenda Item 12 – Players Annual Subs and Match Fees for the 2010 Season

The AGM agreed to retain the 2009 rates for the coming season.

Agenda Item 13 – Lodsworth CC Website

Ally Rix had been contacted and would arrange for the website to be updated.

Agenda Item 14 – Fund Raising

  1. Village Quiz Night – Friday 19th February.  AL will organise a Club team to take part.
  2. Lodsworth Sports Clubs Bingo evening – Saturday 20th March.  The football, stoolball and cricket clubs were getting together for the first time to organise a bingo evening to raise funds for the Village Hall/Recreation Ground.  The AGM agreed to donate £40 towards cash prizes.  The football and stoolball clubs were contributing similar amounts.  AL agreed to be the caller for the evening and PP agreed to run the bar.
  3. Club Barbeque – James Hickey offered to organise a fund raising barbeque to be held after the June fixture with the Matt Hall XI.  (This fixture will now be held on Saturday 19th June).
  4. Home Matches Raffle – MH will organise these raffles starting with the first home fixture against Westbourne on Sunday 2nd May.  AL agreed to send out a Captain’s letter to all players before the start of the season.

Agenda Item 16 – Date of the Next Committee Meeting

The Committee will meet after the practise game on 18th April.

John King

Honorary Secretary

February 2010

Lodsworth Cricket Club AGM January 2010

In mid-January with the Recreation Ground still under several centimetres of snow and with more expected  it is strange to be thinking of the cricket season but things are stirring in the village.

On Friday 28th January the AGM of the club was held in the Hollist Arms.

The committee nominated last years popular skipper Andy Long for another season and Paul Phillips to act as his deputy. The full list of nominations was.
  • Captain Andy Long
  • Vice Captain Paul Phillips
  • Chairman, Secretary and Fixture Secretary John King
  • Treasurer Bob Powell
  • Grounds Member Paul Phillips
  • Representative on the Recreation Hall Committee John King
  • Committee Members James Hickey, Andy Wilson-Smith, Matt Hall, John Clifford (carrying on a Clifford family tradition)
George Bristow graciously agreed to carry on as President of Lodsworth Cricket Club.

The AGM recorded its thanks to the Sponsors and Vice Presidents of the club who have continued their support in difficult economic times.

Looking ahead, John King has already arranged 22 fixtures for the 2010 season; 11 are home fixtures and 11 away. Easebourne have dropped off the list to be replaced by Westbourne and a new fixture against Storrington

As ever the club is keen to attract talented players – young and old. In 2009 Richard Gough brought his sublime batting skills to the team on a couple of occasions while Jack, Harry and Charlie Dimond all turned out for the village team and recruited their friends Nick Bellion, Alfie Bunker and Josh Cowell.

Graham Braithwaite raced home from university on half a dozen occasions to play for the village and Jonno Thompson also made an appearance while Andy Wilson-Smith introduced Ben and Elliott to the joys of village cricket.  For the stalwarts of the club it was a real pleasure to see the traditions of village cricket being carried on by a younger generation.