Alfred De Souza departs on a high note

Milland CC v Lodsworth CC

Played at Milland
Sunday 18th May 2008

Milland: 152 all out (R Glasher 90, Alfred de Souza 4 for 21, Paul Phillips 4 for 37, Paresh 2 for 49)
Lodsworth: 156 for 2 (Alfred de Souza 110 not out, James Hickey 25; G Stopher 1 for 39)
Lodsworth won by 8 wickets

Prior to the game Alfie de Souza announced to his shocked Lodsworth teammates that, having failed to secure a renewal of his Visa, he will be returning to India on 20th May. Determined to give the club something to remember him by he produced a near chanceless innings of 110 not out and took 4 wickets for 21 runs in his final game.

Captain Bob Powell lost the toss and Milland elected to bat on a hard wicket with a fast outfield. The home team looked on track to score a huge number of runs as they sped to 120 for the loss of just two wickets, with R Glasher contributing 90. But then the wheels came off and wickets tumbled as the score moved to 136 for 8. P Strike led a late flourish before the Milland inning closed at 152 all out in 32 overs. Paul Phillips bowled well and finished with 4 for 34, Alfred de Souza took 4 for 21 and Paresh gleaned 2 for 49. Rob Hall took two excellent catches while Rod Taylor and John Clifford scooped up one each.

With a devastating knock of 110 not out from Alfred de Souza led the Lodsworth reply. He gave one chance when on 20 but thereafter did not look back. James Hickey weighed in with 25 runs and the visitors required just 21 overs to pass the Milland total with the loss of just two wickets.

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