Sunday 9th September 2007
Lodsworth CC v Parham Park CC at Lodsworth
Lodsworth CC 141 all out (Alfred de Souza 25, Josh Cowell 25, Paul Phillips 15, Al Rix 12, Andy Long 12 not out: J Huffer 7 overs 4 for 27)
Parham Park 107 for 9 (J Trott 63, A Wales 13: Matt Hall 11 overs 3 for 23, Andy Long 13 overs 3 for 37, Paul Phillips 7 overs 2 for 28, Harry Dimond 3 overs 1 for 9).
Lodsworth won by 38 runs in a limited overs game of 35 overs.
Knowing that Lodsworth’s star bowler Andy Long would be late, skipper Matt Hall elected to bat first on a hard wicket that showed a wicked bounce. Alfred de Souza (25) and Paul Phillips (15) got off to a lively start before Alfred fell to a well-taken catch at mid-wicket. The Lodsworth middle order picked up the pace, Al Rix knocking a commendable 12 and Josh Cowell displayed superb timing with a stylish 25 before being caught on the boundary.
Ollie Cowell added another 8 but with 9 wickets down and just 122 on the board Lodsworth looked a little shaky. Then the cavalry arrived! Andy Long’s car could be heard coming up the hill from the village and minutes later the man himself sprinted to the crease to knock a brisk 12 not out (three 4’s) while Bob Powell contributed 7 to bring the home team score to 141 all out.
Parham openers J Trott (63) and Andy Wales (13) started confidently putting on 73 for their opening partnership but once they had departed the Lodsworth bowlers took control. Paul Phillips opened with 7 overs 2 for 28, Matt Hall was aggressive with 11 overs 3 for 23 and Andy Long looked like the Andy of old with 13 overs 3 for 37. Harry Dimond contributed a very lively spell of 3 overs 1 for 9 as Parham Park collapsed to 107 for 9. Rod Taylor took two excellent catches, Alfred scoped up two more and Paul Phillips took one more dropping out of the sun.
Thanks to Tim and Gillian Johnson for a superb tea and to Hunter Graham for manning the scorebook and the scoreboard.