Opening Loddie Air Offensive not enough to shoot down Tangmere defences

A short history lesson about our opponents….

Tangmere is a small village in West Sussex, proud of an assocaition with RAF fighter pilot hero Sir Douglas Bader, stationed at Tangmere during the second world war. From Tangmere Bader led his wing of Spitfires in raids over northwestern Europe gunning down the might of the german Luftwaffe.

Lodsworth launched their own air offensive yesterday sending out two fighters in Phillips and King, an agressive air assalut started the innings, the ball being launched to all areas of the boundary. Not a hint of Tangmere resistance as Lodsworth cruised to 93 without loss. However the fall of both openers Phillips a magnificent 44 and King 55 surely ment the Lodsworth big guns could come out firing – ”plenty of rabbits in the hutch” as captain Long said at the drinks break.

However Tangmere had a few rabbit catching ideas and our rabbits never got going.Unfortunately Lodsworth failed to build on such a promising start although Houghton hit an unbeaten 24. Lodsworth finished on 175-6.

The Tangmere innings got off to a bad start with an early wicket to Man of Match Paul Phillips. However poor fielding and dropped catches allowed a home side recovery. Catches win matches and unfortunately Lodsworth dropped eight chances. At the run rate down to less than 6 an over with 7 wickets remaining there looked only one winner. But Captain Andy Long bought himself on to try and turn the game and that proved to be a wise move with tight bowling at the death and returning figures of 2 wickets for 8 runs.

The game fizzled out into a draw in what looked the fair result. There was no victory flypast through Tangmere and the Loddie squadron made their way home after an enjoyable but unsuccessful mission.

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