Lodsworth v Bury & West Burton
Lodsworth were looking to put in a big performance against West Sussex league team Bury with the Rec packed to the rafters. The Vice President’s had just seen Andy Long, captain, deliver a rousing speech but was he about to choke on his fine words after 14 runs were knocked of the first over.
It looked as though the young Bury team were in no mood to stretch this game out beyond their bed time….. Lodsworth looked ready to capitulate in the heat with the Bury batsman led by B Elliot ( Billy Elliot!!) who smashed 53 supported by a quickfire 23 from N Lewis.
However eager to impress the crowd Lodsworth showed spirit in the searing heat. A great spell from messrs Braithwaite with some tight bowling from John Houghton. Father and Son looked ominous with G Braithawaite finishing with figures of 3 overs 3 for 5 and J Braithwaite 8 overs 2 for 19. Houghton made full use of the pitch, finishing with 10 overs 3 for 25. From cruising on 102-3 the Bury innings collapsed to 140 all out.
Bury’s bowling attack was stunned by the home team reply. Graham Braithwaite exploded with a rapid 33, perhaps fitting that Lodsworth showed the youthful Bury outfit that our openers could match them both in batting and youthful good looks!! Mat Hall made a quickfire 20 with a full repertiore of his strokeplay, the late cut!! Perhaps he sensed that he was always going to lose out on the youthful good looks.
The opening stand raced through 50 however a fightback from an impressive Bury bowling attack saw off both openers and Lodsworth strarted to wobble on 75-3. John Houghton and Andy Wilson Smith took on the young guns of Bury and looked to be winning the battle but Houghton was caught on the boundary going for the big six when looking comfortable on 22 and Wilson-Smith was clean bowled by the impressive Blackwood on 36.
With the score on 123-6, 4 overs remaining, it was down to Lodsworth captain Andy Long to bury the opposition. Surely Long would deliver after that Churhillian speech at the VP’s lunch. Full toss on middle stump, out for a duck!! Long had failed to live up to his own words and waddled back to the pavillion.
Bury were desperate to make Lodsworth pay and at 129-8 the crowd sensed dissapointment. However Al Rix showed some grit and was determined Lodsworth were to get something from the game.
The match ended in a draw, dissapointing – Lodsworth have yet to destroy the nearly men tag. Next week is a match against Tangmere. Andy Long will captain the side (even after his duck!!) so please let Andy know if you are available by Monday night.
Man of the match: Graham Braithwaite