Sunday 8th July 2007
Tillington CC v Lodsworth CC
Lodsworth CC 120 for 9 (Martin Howard 29 not out, Ed Atkins 27; M Hill 10 overs 4 for 13)
Tillington CC 66 for 8 (D Clark 18, T Germany 14 not out; Andy Long 11 overs 3 for 5, Matt Hall 7 overs 2 for 12)
Three weeks of incessant rainfall having caused the cancellation of games against Graffham and Smithbrook, Fernhurst and the Matt Hall XI, it came as a relief to wake to clear skies and the opportunity to play near neighbours and close rivals Tillington CC. Work commitments and injury forced a number of late changes and Lodsworth welcomed Ed Atkins for his debut game with the team and Harry Dimond another of the very talented young players in the village.
Lodsworth batted first and were quickly in trouble. It could be blamed on three weeks of inaction but James Hickey, Rod Taylor, Jon Houghton and Ollie King were all back in the pavilion with only 24 runs on the scoreboard. M Hill caused most of the damage with 10 overs 4 for 13. It fell to skipper Matt Hall to stabilise the team with a resilient 19 and Ed Atkins to show what a great talent he is with a sparkling 27. Martin Howard was equally impressive with 29 not out and Lodsworth went in for tea with a defendable 120 for 9.
Tillington were in all sorts of trouble after the restart, loosing R Noakes, B Whickham and G Westmore for ducks, while D Clarke (18) staved off a complete the collapse. Lodsworth looked for a swift victory but the last two Tillington batsmen, T Germany (14 not out) and L Spice (3 not out), defied the bowlers and held on for a draw. Andy Long was the best of the Lodsworth seamers with 11 overs, 8 maidens 3 for 5.
Lodsworth Man of the match – Ed Atkins