Sunday 6th August 2006
Fittleworth CC v Lodsworth CC at Fittleworth
Lodsworth 188 for 9 ( Christian Budd 52, Jon Houghton 24, Rod Taylor 21, Alistair Rix 18no, Matt Hall 16, Sean Chivers 16: R Dunstan 10 overs 4 for 50, M Demitriou 11 overs2 for 29)
Fittleworth 191 for 2 (M Demetriou 87 not out, P Kitchener 77 not out: Matt Hall 12 overs 2 for 63).
[[image:villagecricketscene.jpg::right:0]]Batting first, an exemplary innings by opener Christian Budd anchored the Lodsworth innings.Christian’s 52 included an astonishing five 6’s and when joined by Jon Houghton the score moved steadily to 97 for 2. Matt Hall (16) and Rod Taylor (21) maintained the momentum and the tail wagged furiously with Alistair Rix hitting three 4’s in his quickfire 18 not out, and Sean Chivers smote one mighty 6 in his 16 as Lodsworth complied a creditable 188 for 9.
Fittleworth lost two early wickets to Matt Hall but M Demittriou and P Kitchener gradually took control. With few bowling options Lodsworth tried every combination but were unable to dislodge the increasingly confident pair and Fittleworth reached 191 for 2 with three overs to spare.
Despite the result this was one of Lodsworth’s best performances of the season. Without their full bowling lineup the team fought tenaciously showing immense resilience and chasing every ball. The game was finely balanced until the last 15 minutes and the deciding factor was probably Lodsworth’s inability to hold onto three very difficult catches in what was otherwise a strong fielding display.