Saturday 29th April 2006.
Ebernoe CC v Lodsworth CC at Ebernoe.
Ebernoe CC 198 for 6 (M Scaife 90, D Whittington 36 not out, C Rose 28: Jon Houghton 7 overs 4 for 28).
Lodsworth CC 140 for 8 (Jon Houghton 58, Matt Hall 11 not out: C Clark 6 overs 5 for 35, M Scaife 5 overs 2 for 10).
Ebernoe won by 58 runs.
Put in to bat Ebernoe went off at a cracking pace. Lodsworth’s lack-lustre fielding indicated they were only slowly emerging from their winter hibernation. Several 4’s, that should have been intercepted, carried to the boundary and the bowling lacked penetration. Only Jon Houghton with 7 overs 4 wickets for 28 runs troubled the batsmen.
Ebernoe’s M Scaife, just back from Australia where he has been playing a good standard of cricket, smashed 90 runs supported by D Whittington (36 not out). The home team ended with 198 for 6. Lodsworth’s response was laboured and the team struggled to 140 for 8. Jon Houghton cemented the innings with a determined 58.
In 2005 a total of 143 was sufficient to seal the equivalent game for Lodsworth but this year Ebernoe were the deserving victors by 58 runs. C Clarke bowled accurately for the home team with figures of 6 overs 5 for 34.