Sunday 4th September
Zambuca Tigers CC v Lodsworth CC at Braypool, Brighton
Zambuca Tigers CC 137 for 8 in 30 overs (Nick Straiton 66, Ashley Crossthwaite 22: Martin Howard 5 overs 2 for 24, Paul Phillips 7 overs 2 for 28, Matt Hall 8 overs 2 for 36).
Lodsworth CC 139 for 3 (Oliver King 42 not out, Matt Hall 32, Andy Long 18 not out)
For a Lodsworth team accustomed to playing in idyllic country settings the Braypool ground in Brighton was a revelation. The ground is located alongside the carbon-monoxide belching traffic on the A23 and the pavilion, a vandalised shack with a concrete floor is decorated in a delightful blend of matt black and silver spray paint. In what can only be described as the front-line of cricket, the village team ventured into the lair of the Tigers.
Both teams were under-strength and a formula was agreed whereby the first and second batsmen of each team would be permitted to bat again at the end of the innings – only in village cricket could this happen.
Due to the protracted pre-match negotiations, a late start ensued and the contest was reduced to 30 overs.
Zambuca Tigers were propped up by a meticulous performance by skipper Nick Straiton (71) backed by Ashley Crossthwaite (22). All the Lodsworth bowlers got into the frame with Paul Phillips 7 overs 2 for 28, Matt Hall 8 overs 2 for 36 and Martin Howard 5 overs 2 for 24 prevailing as the Zambucans struggled to 137 for 8.
In reply Lodsworth quickly lost the wickets of openers Martin Howard (3) who played on to his wicket and Jon Houghton (14) who went to a disputed LBW decision, but Oliver King (42 not out) and Matt Hall (32) steadied the innings with a third wicket stand of 80. Then Andy Long (18 not out) joined Oliver King to take the score to 139 for 3, and record three wins in a row for the Lodsworth team.