Saturday 28th April 2007.
Ebernoe CC v Lodsworth CC at Ebernoe
Ebernoe 81 all out (M West 23, N Price 21 not out: Paul Phillips 9.4 overs 4 wickets for 17 runs, Jon Houghton 8 overs 3 for 29, Matt Hall 6 overs 2 for 18, Andy Long 9 overs 1 for 10)
Lodsworth 82 for 4 (Jon Houghton 24 not out, Rod Taylor 18, James Hickey 15).
Lodsworth won by 6 wickets
What a difference a year makes! Humiliated in the 2006 fixture on this same ground, Lodsworth came back with a positive attitude and overwhelmed Ebernoe with a six-wicket victory. Paul Phillips and Andy Long established a firm foundation – their first 18 overs yielded just 27 runs and in the process Ebernoe lost four wickets including their usually prolific skipper R Stemp.
Jon Houghton and Lodsworth’s new skipper Matt Hall took up the attack and despite a rearguard action by Ebernoe’s N Price, the home team were dismissed for 81 in 35 overs. The Lodsworth fielding was exceptional and Martin Howard, Matt Hall, Bob Powell and newcomer Richard Chase held difficult catches.
In reply Lodsworth started shakily, loosing Phillips in the second over, but Jon Houghton (24 not out), James Hickey (15) and Rod Taylor (18) carried the team to a comfortable victory with 82 for 4 in 28 overs. Ebernoe bowlers A Read, N Price, M West and D Turner shared the spoils. This was above all a great team effort by Lodsworth and bodes well for the 2007 season.
Man-of-the-match Paul Phillips