Hot Rod

Sunday 20th August 2006

Lodsworth CC v West Sussex Wanderers CC at Lodsworth

Lodsworth CC 264 for 3 (Rod Taylor 108 not out, Oliver King 69, Alistair Rix 23, Jack Diamond 28 not out: B Butterfield 5 overs 2 for 45)

West Sussex Wanderers CC 156 for 7 (M Hall 86, A Wilson-Smith 20: Andy Long 4.4 overs 2 for 22, Harry Dimond 6 overs 1 for 16).

Lodsworth Won

West Sussex Wanderers arrived short of players which Lodsworth obligingly supplied Matt Hall and Andy Wilson-Smith shoring up the visitor’s frail line-up and subsequently contributing handsomely with bat and ball.

But the man-of-the match was undoubtedly Lodsworth’s Rod Taylor, who has been threatening a big innings all season. His 108 not out is the highest score by a Lodsworth batsman in recent years. It was an innings of unremitting ferocity and composure with sixes and fours dispatched to all sectors of the ground. The WSW bowling was punished mercilessly as Oliver King (69), Alistair Rix (23) and Jack Dimond (28 not out) pushed the home team’s total to 264 for 3 declared at tea.

West Sussex Wanderers replied with 156 for 7, most of their runs coming from the Lodsworth on-loan players. Matt Hall hit a season best 86 until caught on the boundary by Jon Houghton, and Andy Wilson-Smith bowed out with 20.

Andy Long was the pick of the Lodsworth bowler with 4.4 overs 2 for 22 and Harry Dimond bowled a commendable 6 overs 1 for 16. Lodsworth’s fielders were inspired with excellent catches by James Hickey, Rod Taylor and Jon Houghton (2).

Man of the Match Rod Taylor

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