Lodsworth CC v Kirdford CC
14th May 2006 at Lodsworth
Kirdford CC 67 all out (T Ryder 24; Paul Phillips 9 overs 3 for 9, Matt Hall 10 overs 4 for 18, Jon Houghton 6 overs 1 for 9).
Lodsworth CC 69 for (I Lusted 5 overs 3 for 32) Oliver King 19, James Hickey 18 not out, Rod Taylor 13).
Lodsworth won by 5 wickets
Opinions differed on Lodsworth CC’s decision to turn their wicket through 90 degrees in the close season. Kirdford CC the first visiting team of the 2006 season collapsed to 67 all out in 31 overs and would doubtless allege the surface was ‘somewhat lively’. Lodsworth, on the other hand, could claim with equal justification that it was the venom of their opening bowlers, Matt Hall with 10 overs 4 for 18 and Paul Phillips with 9 overs 3 for 9, that inflicted the damage. Only Kirdford skipper Tim Ryder had an answer to the Lodsworth pair and scored 24 before being caught behind leg by Jon Houghton. The dramatic implosion of the visitors batting might have been worse if Lodsworth had held all the catches that were on offer – seven went to ground and only a brilliant diving catch by James Hickey at square leg halted the anguish.
Lodsworth were swiftly put on the back foot when Christian Budd was dismissed in the second over with zero runs on the board, But Jon Houghton and Oliver King steadied the innings and with the departure of these two batsmen James Hickey and Rod Taylor turned the innings around with a burst of big hitting. Kirdford’s leg break specialist I Lusted gave the home team a bit of a scare taking 3 for 32 in a 5 over spell but Lodsworth scrambled home with 69 for 5 and five wickets to spare. Last year’s hat-trick hero J Upton did not get an opportunity to show his skills.
Meanwhile the verdict is out on the new pitch which will next be put to the test when Westbourne CC are the visitors on June 4th.
Man of the match Paul Phillips