Lodsworth Crash to Earth

Sunday 3rd September 2006

Lodsworth CC v Crawley CC 2nd Xl

Lodsworth CC 73 all out (Rod Taylor 20, Andy Long 17: C Clifford 10 overs 6 for 18, W Warren 8 overs 2 for 29)

Crawley CC 2nd Xl 76 for 4 (T Wilde 29, I Dando 22 not out: Paul Phillips 7 overs 1 for 12, Andy Long 8 overs1 for 16, J Houghton 5 overs 1 for 15)

Crawley won by 6 wickets.

What a difference a month makes! In July Lodsworth rattled up 212 for 3 against Crawley 2nd Xl but on this occasion quickly came unstuck against a Crawley bowling line-up reinforced by the addition of several first team players including C Clifford. The right-arm fast bowler took six wickets in his ten-over spell and Lodsworth never recovered. Rod Taylor (20) displayed defiance and the tail wagged energetically with Andy Long adding 17 but the home team were back in the pavilion after one and a half hours with just 73 runs to show for their efforts.

On the resumption Lodsworth battled doggedly with tight bowling from Paul Phillips (7 overs 1 for 12), Andy Long (8 overs 1 for 16), and Jon Houghton (5 overs 1 for 15) backed up by some energetic fielding from Harry Dimond and Sean Chivers. Crawley were kept on a tight rein but eventually passed the Lodsworth total for the loss of four wickets. T Wilde was top scorer for the visitors with 29 and I Dando carried his bat with 22 not out.

Bob Powell

Skipper

Lodsworth CC

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