Sunday 10th June 2007
Loxwood CC v Lodsworth CC
Loxwood CC 246 for 4 off 37 overs (M Jones 88, T Holmes 56, O Meltio 30 not out, A Dudman 26 not out; Paul Phillips 13 overs 3 for 66).
Lodsworth CC 178 for 7 off 39 overs (James Hickey 53, Oliver King 26, Jon Houghton 19, John Clifford 19 not out, Andy Long 16 not out; A Dudman 13 overs 5 for 49)
Lodsworth CC have now gone five games without defeat and Matt Hall’s team showed considerable character in securing a draw against a very strong Loxwood CC, who displayed batting in depth. The result was even more commendable as Lodsworth were weakened by the late withdrawal of Rod Taylor, with back spasms, and played with 10 men.
For Loxwood, M Jones (88) and T Holmes (56) were the pick of the home batsmen and found the boundary on numerous occasions. Aided by O Meltio (30 not out) and A Dudman (26 not out) the home team amassed a daunting total of 246 in 37 overs. Paul Phillips bowled with controlled aggression to take 3 for 66 off 13 overs.
Lodsworth refused to be overawed by the task and set off on the offensive. James Hickey (53) and Oliver King (26) pushed the score towards the century and Jon Houghton (19) helped to maintain the momentum. But as the match entered its final phase it became clear a draw was the best result Lodsworth could hope to achieve and John Clifford (19 not out) and Andy Long (16 not out) resolutely denied Loxwood a victory. Lodsworth finished on 178 for 7 at the close of a well-fought game played in “the right spirit”!
Man-of-the-match for Lodsworth; James Hickey