Sunday July 3rd 2005.
Fernhurst CC v Lodsworth CC at Fernhurst
Fernhurst CC 154 for 9 (G Melrose 36, S William 29; Matt Hall 16 overs 4 for 38, Jon Houghton 16 overs 3 for 41, Edward Bristow 4 overs 1 for 14)
Lodsworth CC 157 for 6 ( Jon Houghton 38, James Hickey 37, Edwin Dickinson 24, Martin Howard 1; S Melrose 13 overs 3 for 34, J Bristow 8 overs 2 for 22)
Two weddings in the space of eight days had depleted the Lodsworth team, but proved to be a blessing in disguise as one wedding guest from Australia and another from Guernsey were supplied with whites and pressed into service on the morning of the game. In all four new players made their Lodsworth debut!
Fernhurst CC were put into bat and their young team, bolstered by two or three experienced league players batted gamely to reach 154 for 9 in 47 overs. The best of the batsmen was G Melrose who knocked 36. The pick of the Lodsworth bowlers was Matt Hall who took 4 wickets for 38 in 16 overs.
In reply the Lodsworth batsmen went off at a fair gallop and the first wicket partnership of Jon Houghton (38) and Martin Howard (17) passed 50 in just 30 minutes. James Hickey (37) and Edwin Dickinson (24) kept up the pace and Lodsworth reached 157 for 6 in
just 35.4 overs. The youngest of the Lodsworth debutants, Edward Bristow, made timely contributions with both ball and bat. The best of the Fernhurst bowlers was S Melrose with 13 overs 3 for 34,
Having lost the equivalent encounter with Fernhurst in 2004 by just one run, this victory was sweet revenge for Lodsworth who clinched the game with three overs remaining.
Man-of-the-match Edward Bristow
Captain Lodsworth CC