Fighting Finish

Sunday 24th September 2006

Lodsworth CC v Bosham CC

Bosham CC 185 for 5 (M Allen 119, D Holden 30;Christian Budd 3 overs 2 for 25, Andy Long 8 overs 1for 20)

Lodsworth CC 163 for 9 (Sean Chivers 47, Matt Hall 30,Oliver King 27; D Holden 8 overs 3 for 23, M Farrell 6overs 3 for 27, M Allen 4 overs 2 for 15)

Bosham won a limited-over game by 22 runs.

Lodsworth won the toss and elected to field but barely five minutes had elapsed when they were reduced to 10 men when their talisman all-rounder Jon Houghton was hit above the eye by a full blooded drive that pierced his helmet visor and necessitated 22 stitches.

Bosham were unrecognisable from the team that last visited Lodsworth in 2004. They have evidently recruited a number of accomplished batsmen who piled on the pressure. The Lodsworth bowlers responded well with Andy Long bowling an impressive 8 overs 1 for 20, but Bosham began to hit freely in the last ten overs and finished on 185 for 5. Opener M Allen hit 119, supported by D Holden (30) and M Farrell (20).Christian Budd came on for a cameo last over where he bowled out two batsmen and ran out a third.

With Jon Houghton, still in A&E at Chichester hospital, Lodsworth reshuffled their batting order. Matt Hall, at No.1, hit a determined 30 and Ollie King grafted for 27 but the major contributor was Sean Chivers whose rapid-fire 47 threatened to swing the game in the home team’s favour. But it was not to be. Andy Long (17) anchored a tail-end flourish but Lodsworth finished short of the required total with 163 for 9 as the sun sank over the western end of the recreation ground, bringing the 2006 season to a literal and metaphoric conclusion.

It was a pretty good season. Played 18, Won 8, Drawn 4, Lost 6 with three games cancelled as a result of heavy rain.

Man of the Match: Sean Chivers

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