Nine Ducks

Sunday 17th September 2006

Lodsworth CC v Plaistow CC at Lodsworth

Lodsworth CC 145 all out (Jon Houghton 52, Rod Taylor 43, B Powell 15: S Woods 6 overs 5 for 25, M Bench 8overs 2 for 27, S Gilley 12 overs 2 for 35)

Plaistow CC 92 for 7 (S Woods 37, M Bench 26, S Chapman 23: Matt Hall 9 overs 4 for 21, Jon Houghton 11.3 overs 3 for 35)

Lodsworth won a limited 35-overs game

Plaistow arrived without two players who had beeninjured playing rugby the previous day; Andy Long volunteered to field for the visitors and sustained a back injury that would later prevent him bowling and Paul Phillips was carrying a calf injury that later restricted him to two overs. The slip cordon looked like a hospital queue.

Lodsworth batted first and although five batsmen recorded ducks the innings was cemented by a fine fourth wicket partnership between Jon Houghton (53) and Rod Taylor (43) and a final wicket partnership between Paul Phillips and Bob Powell (15) that took the home team to 145 all out at tea. S Woods was the pick of the Plaistow bowlers with figures of 6 overs, five wickets for 25 runs.

Plaistow put up a brave fight led by skipper Woods (37), but Matt Hall showed a great late-season return to form with 9 overs 4 for 21 and Jon Houghton bowled very economically to record 11.3 overs 3 for 35. Plaistow lost their last four batsmen for ducks.

Nine ducks in a game! Surely some sort of record?

Man of the match Jon Houghton

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