Sunday 6th May 2007 at Lodsworth
Easebourne 84 all out (I Fumagall 33: Jon Houghton 8 overs 4 wickets for 21 runs, Matt Hall 5 overs 2 for 4, Paul Phillips 8 overs 2 for 16).
Lodsworth 88 for 4 (Rod Taylor 49 not out, Alfred de Souza 27: Paul White 7 overs 3 for 48)
Lodsworth won by 6 wickets
This was a resounding win for Lodsworth against an admittedly under strength Easeborne team. The key to the success was once again the tight opening attack of Paul Phillips (8 overs 2 for 16) and Andy Long (8 overs 1 for 18) who restricted the visitors to just 48 runs, with the loss of three wickets, off the first 16 overs. One of Easebourne’s youngest players, I Fumagall, was the only batsman to emerge with credibility as other wickets fell to Jon Houghton (4 for 21), Matt Hall (2 for 4) and Martin Howard (1 for 7). Matt Hall and Alfred de Souza took two difficult catches and Easebourne were back in the pavilion after 32 overs with just 84 runs on the board.
Lodsworth had a minor fright as Ollie King and Jon Houghton both went for ducks off the bowling of Easebourne stalwart Paul White. But some scintillating batting by Rod Taylor who finished on 49 not out (three 6’s and four 4’s), and some massive shots by newcomer Alfred de Souza who scored 27 (one 6 and four 4’s) quickly put the result beyond doubt. Lodsworth took less than an hour to score 88 runs off 13 overs and record their second six-wicket win of the season.
Man-of-the-match Rod Taylor