Sunday 15th May 2005.
Kirdford CC v Lodsworth CC at Kirdford.
Lodsworth CC 86 all out (Jon Houghton 11; J Upton 6 overs 4 for 23, A Clarke 10 overs 2 for 7, I Lusted 4 overs 2 for 11).
Kirdford CC 88 for 8 (G Short 23, A Clarke 14;Martin Howard 9.5 overs 3 for 19, Paul Phillips 2 for 20, Andy Long 10 overs 2 for 20)
Kirdford won by 2 wickets.
An exceptionally slow outfield ensured that the annual encounter between Kirdford CC and rivals Lodsworth CC was low scoring game, although it lacked nothing in skills and excitement. Lodsworth won the toss and with their confidence high they elected to bat. But the
Kirdford opening bowlers, R Brookes and C Roberts, conceded just 22 runs in the first 16 overs. Only Jon Houghton, Martin Howard and John Braithwaite managed to get into double figures and Lodsworth finished on 86 all out, with the principle damage being done by J Upton with 6 overs 4 for 23.
It was obvious that 86 would be difficult to defend, yet the outfield proved to be a great leveller. Kirdford opener G Short scored 23 but at the other end wickets fell regularly. Martin Howard (9.5 overs 3 for 19) did most of the damage with forceful contributions by Paul Phillips (8 overs 2 for 20) and Andy Long (10 overs 2 for 20). The finish went down to the wire with Kirdford emerging victorious with 88 for 8 with two overs to go, in a reversal of the 2004 result.
Man-of-the-Match Martin Howard