An Honourable Draw

Sunday 10th September 2006

Parham Park CC v Lodsworth CC at Parham House

Parham Park CC 141 for 8 (J Nettleton 61, S Trott 20: Matt Hall 9 overs 4 for 29, Paul Phillips 9 overs 3 for 39, Amol 9 overs 1 for 20)

Lodsworth CC 112 for 8 (Oliver King 33, Sean Chivers 22, Matt Hall 14: S Forest 11 overs 3 for 23, JNettleton 5 overs 2 for 9, M Richmond 8 overs 2 for 22)

Match Drawn.

There are few more idyllic village cricket grounds than the lakeside pitch at Parham House, with the west façade of the Victorian mansion as a backdrop and deer roaming the fringes. Parham batted first and, despite a forceful innings of 7 by their young Australian batsman J Nettleton, were restricted to 141 for 8 off 36 overs. Lodsworth fielded energetically while Matt Hall (9 overs 3 for 29) and Paul Phillips (9 overs 3 for 39) restricted the run rate, aided by Lodsworth’s Indian bowler Amol (9 overs 1 for 20). Two brilliant catches by Christian Budd and Paul Phillips dismissed Parham’s most threatening batsmen.

With a reasonably strong batting line-up Lodsworth were confident of eclipsing the Parham total but the normally reliable Christian Budd, Andy Wilson-Smith and Richard Ashcroft were quickly back in the pavilion. It was left to Ollie King (33) to shore up the innings assisted by a flamboyant 22 from Sean Chivers. With eight overs to go and seven wickets down Lodsworth looked decidedly vulnerable but Paul Phillips and Alistair Rix shut up shop and achieved an honourable draw with 112 for 8 at close of play. S Forest was the pick of the Parham bowlers with 11 overs, 5 maidens 3 for 23).

Man of the Match Matt Hall

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