Sunday saw the return of the Midhurst Six a Side Competition at the Grange.
Unfortunately for us, our first game was at 9:30 against the favourites Elstead! Needless to say, with 4 of our players nursing sore heads from the night before, a loss was always on the cards.
Andy Long started well, only for the first ball mind you before getting hit for 24 off the other 5!
Elstead set a reasonable benchmark total of 71. Lodsworth started well with openers Rix and Houghton before the inevitable happened, the famous Lodsworth collapse. The collapse was fuelled by the introduction of Andy Long who proceeded to run 2 of his team mates out and got stumped whilst wondering down the wicket.
Lodsworth finished with the total of 21 all out, not the start we had in mind! Well done to Al Rix for top scoring with 14. Elstead Won
The next game saw the young guns of Petersfield pit their wit’s against the hung-over team of Lodsworth. Harry Diamond opened the bowling creditably, before a back strain caused him to retire for the day. Lodsworth held Petersfield comfortably in the field with 4 wickets down and only 24 on the board. Al Rix was introduced into the play, as in practice he had been displaying a return to form with the ball! The result Petersfield all out for 52! With Matt Hall and Andy Long opening the batting, Lodsworth’s position was never in doubt. Matt Hall retiring on 28 and Andy Long bowled on 15. Al Rix and Martin Howard put the winning runs on with 10 balls to spare.
The third game of the day was against Midhurst who fielded a strong side. Lodsworth were bolstered by the introduction of Paul Phillips & Oliver King. Lodsworth bowled very tightly, with Jon Houghton taking two wickets and restricting Midhurst to 57 all out. With the hang-overs wearing off, an improved effort was displayed by all as we looked a much more accomplished side. Oliver King & Jon Houghton batted very well with Jon retiring on 26. Lodsworth were always on the pace and Paul Phillips & Andy Long helped achieve the total with an over to spare.
The fourth game was against our local rivals Tillington. Lodsworth started very well with Paul Phillips, Andy Long & Jon Houghton achieving wickets. Not doubting Al Rix’s ability, the captain decided to give him another go. The result, a 15 ball over and nearly 30 runs coming off of it! To stop the run rate out of control, Matt Hall was introduced along with Jon Houghton who finished Tillington off for 47. With Rod Taylor playing his first game of the day, he was paired with Andy Long to get us off to a quick flyer. All was well before Tillington took 3 wickets in 3 balls but the Jon Houghton & Paul Phillips partnership guided us home to win with 13 balls to spare. Lodsworth Won
All in all a good day’s play was had with Lodsworth finishing runners up to Elstead. It may have been a different story if there were no hang overs, but then an enjoyable awards night would have been missed! Well done Lodsworth, a good start to the year.