A Game of Two Halves

Sunday 22nd July 2007

Lodsworth CC v Tangmere CC at Lodsworth

Tangmere CC 58 all out (J Murray 12: Paul Phillips 7 overs 6 for 14, Amol 3 overs 2 for 8)

Lodsworth CC 46 all out (Amol 8: A Steward 10 overs 5 for 6, M Parris 8 overs 3 for 10)

Tangmere won

This was, to quote the old football adage ‘a game of two halves’. In the first half Lodsworth gave possibly their best bowling and fielding performance of the season while the Tangmere batting collapsed to 58 all out. In the second half the position was reversed and the Tangmere bowlers mauled the Lodsworth batsman who reached just 46 all out.

Tangmere started confidently enough but Paul Phillips was in devastating form and in 7 overs claimed 6 wickets for just 14 runs – possibly his lifetime best figures – while Amol took 2 wickets for 8 runs off 3 overs. Both bowlers achieved remarkable turn off a hard but green wicket. There were excellent catches from Amol, Andy Long (2) and Matt Hall. The Tangmere batsmen had no answer and only J Murray reached double figures.

Lodsworth started their innings with a mixture of confidence, perhaps tinged with apprehension, for if Tangmere had been unable to master the bowling on the lively wicket, did it hold similar perils for the home team? The answer was swiftly forthcoming as two wickets fell in the second over and Tangmere surged to a comprehensive victory with A Steward taking 5 wickets for 6 runs off 10 overs and M Parris claiming 3 victims for 10 runs off 8 overs. Jon Houghton attempted to hold the batting together but not one player on the Lodsworth team reached double figures and five fell to LBW.

In the short bruising encounter Lodsworth’s unbeaten run of seven games came to an abrupt halt. The team has two weeks to regroup and recover the winning formula before the August fixtures.

Lodsworth man of the match – Paul Phillips

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