Dimonds Sparkle

Sunday 13th August 2006.

The George Clifford Memorial Trophy Game

Lodsworth CC v The Matt Hall XI at Lodsworth

Lodsworth CC 146 for 7 (Oliver King 36, Richard Ashcroft 33, Alistair Rix 31, Jack Dimond 26 not out; K Bills 4 overs 3 for 18)

Matt Hall Xl 132 all out (Matt Hall 49, Jon Houghton 33; Nijesh 9 overs 3 for 35, Harry Dimond 7 overs 2 for 27, Navaron 6 overs 2 for 20)

Dark clouds scurried in from the northeast and thunder rolled over the distant hills. A heavy shower delayed the start until 3.00 pm when it was decided to reduce the game to 30 overs. The match was played in overcast conditions with the occasional sunny spell and ominous flashes of thunder in the early evening. In short, perfect conditions for cricket in England in August.

Lodsworth batted first and there were solid performances from Ollie King (36), Richard Ashcroft (33) and the ever improving Alistair Rix (31), but it was teenager Jack Dimond who took the eye with a sparkling 26 not out. Lodsworth went in for tea with 146 for 7. Kevin Bills was the best of the Matt Hall Xl bowlers.

When the Matt Hall Xl took the field it was another Dimond who glittered, this time younger brother Harry, who took the first two wickets and finished with figures of 7 overs 2 for 27. Matt Hall led his team from the front with a magnificent 49, ably supported by Jon Houghton (33) who had defected to the opposition. Stripped of all their usual bowlers Lodsworth introduced Indian player Nijash from Gujarat who bowled with great pace and accuracy to record 9 overs 3 for 35, and Bengali medium pacer Navaran, who finished on 6 overs 2 for 20.

The result of the game hung in the balance with the final wicket falling at 132 with just six balls to go. The legendary Lodsworth player Joe Clifford presented the trophy, commemorating his father, to the winning skipper Bob Powell. Black clouds enveloped the ground but the gloom could not diminish the sparkling performance of the two Dimonds.

Man of the Match Matt Hall

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