Lodsworth vs Crawley II
30th July at Lodsworth
Lodsworth played host to Crawley 2nd’s from the Sussex Invitation League on Sunday. Crawley earlier in the season recorded 350 runs in a league match, the biggest total ever recorded in the Sussex Inviatation League.
Andy ‘Braveheart’ Long paraded the boundary and told his men ”fight and you may die, run, and you’ll live… at least for a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM! ”
Long had chosen a great moment in cinematic history to inspire Loddie, even if he would never be a convincing Mel Gibson with those looks. Lodsworth lost an early wicket with Martin Howard departing with the score on 11. Matt Hall came in at no 3 for a surprise appearance at the top of the order. He took no time in ripping apart the Crawley attack before being caught on 59.
Ollie King scored another half century but took time to get into gear. But King retired hurt (!!!!) on 53 under suspicious circumstances which Long later described as a act of team spirit. Paul Phillips carried on his fine recent form with the bat with 33. Al Rix (8 no) and James Hickey (14 no) played cameo roles. The score finished on 212-3.
The visitors went into bat showing little intention to win the match. Sadly Crawley had chosen to play for a draw from the start, sensing 200+ was out of their reach. Captain Long continually changed the bowling attack to keep the batsmen and himself confused.
Performance of the day came from 15 year old debutant Ben Randle. The youngster ending up with figures of 1 for 14 off 5 overs and perhaps unlucky not to have taken more wickets with catches going to ground off his bowling.
Asked to name man of the match Captain Long fittingly said ”this was a team performance and the honours go to the whole team.”