Sunday 5th August 2007
Lodsworth CC v Fittleworth CC at Lodsworth
Filttleworth CC 184 for 4 (I Homeward 102, P Kitchener 36; Paul Phillips 12 overs 1 for 44, Matt Hall 11 overs 1 for 41)
Lodsworth CC 130 all out (Jon Houghton 43, Mall Hall 23, Alfred de Souza 19, Graham Braithwaite 16: A Wall 7 overs 4 for 34, A Kitchener 8 overs 3 for 21)
On paper Lodsworth had a strong batting lineup. Rod Taylor and Andy Long (both injured) were missing, but with Graham Braithwaite, Alfred de Souza and Jon Houghton in the team it seemed there was the necessary firepower to reverse a string of defeats by Fittleworth CC over the last five years … but it was not to be.
The toss was lost and Lodsworth were put in to field. Fittleworth steadily notched up 184 for 4 off 40 overs with I Homeward hitting 102 before falling to Paul Phillips. Lodsworth bowled accurately on the hottest day of the year but although containing the run rate to 4.6 per over could not remove the batsmen.
In reply to Fittleworth’s total the home team were dismissed for 130 in 31 overs. There were some determined individual performances with resilience being shown by Jon Houghton (43) supported by Matt Hall (23). Alfred De Souza (19) and Graham Braithwaite (16) briefly sparked but both were dismissed just as they began to get into their stride. It was an excellent game of cricket played in a friendly spirit but Lodsworth slipped to their second defeat of the season bringing their record to W3,D4,L2.
Lodsworth man of the match – Jon Houghton