Lodsworth CC v Matt Hall Invitation XI at Lodsworth

Sunday 21st August

Lodsworth CC v Matt Hall Invitation XI at Lodsworth

Lodsworth CC 251 for 9 in 40 overs (Oliver King 67, Jon Houghton 40, Andy Long 39 not out: Johan Fourie 9 overs 3 for 30).

Matt Hall Invitation XI 121 all out in 32 overs ( Matt Hall 38, C Hall 33: Martin Howard 11 overs 7 for 18, Andy Long 7 overs 2 for 19)

Lodsworth won

Visitors to Lodsworth Cricket Club are often bemused by a framed score sheet on the wall of the dining room, showing the result of a game in 1976 when one Joe Clifford took 11 wickets for 21 runs for Lodsworth. Apparently the opposition arrived with 12 players and the home team agreed that their scorer would even up the numbers. Joe then proceeded to demolish their entire team. It must be a record that has been unequalled anywhere.

On Sunday Joe returned to the scene of his triumph and, almost three decades on, played against Lodsworth for his nephew’s team, the Matt Hall Invitation XI. Fortunately he was not in quite such devastating form but did bowl four overs and took the wicket of Lodsworth’s top scoring batsman.

Lodsworth CC batted first and amassed 251 runs for 9 wickets. Leading the charge was Oliver King with 67 and Jon Houghton with 40. Andy Long added 39 not out in a last wicket partnership with Bob Powell. Best of the opposition bowlers was South African Johan Fourie with 9 overs 3 for 30.

The Matt Hall XI were bravely led by their skipper Matt Hall with 38 and his cousin C Hall contributed 33, but Martin Howard led a blistering attack with a career best performance of 11 overs 7 for 18. Not quite in the class of the Lodsworth legend but not bad.

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