Three in a Row

Sunday 27th August 2006

Walberton CC v Lodsworth CC

Lodsworth CC 179 for 7 (Jon Houghton 52 not out, Andy Wilson-Smith 51: N Jackson 12 overs 4 for 59, A Bist 10 overs 3 for 28)

Walberton 141 all out (C Jackson 54, P Harboard 27: Andy Long 8 overs 4 for 16, Jon Houghton 6 overs 2 for 28, Paul Phillips 7 overs 2 for 46)

Lodsworth Won

Put into bat Lodsworth quickly lost both their opening batsmen. Walberton’s left-arm fast bowler A Bist (10 overs 3 for 28) and N Jackson (12 overs 4 for 59) severely restricted the visitor’s progress and with five wickets down for 45 runs Lodsworth looked to being in for an uncomfortable afternoon. But a sixth wicket partnership by Andy Wilson-Smith (51) and Jon Houghton (52 not out) turned the tide and Lodsworth eventually went in for tea on 179 for 7.

On the resumption of play Walberton lost their two openers to Paul Phillips (7 overs 2 for 46) but looked dangerous when P Harboard (27) and C Jackson (59) came together for a third wicket partnership. The introduction of Andy Long (8 overs 4 for 16) and Jon Houghton (6 overs 2 for 28) nullified the threat and the two medium-pace bowlers mopped up the middle and lower order.

Jon Houghton took three extraordinary catches to bring his total for the season to 17, and Rod Taylor, James Hickey and Andy Long held others. The Walberton innings closed at 141 all out as Lodsworth recorded their third victory in a row accomplished by an excellent team performance.

Man of the Match Jon Houghton

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