Lodsworth CC v Westbourne CC
Played at Lodsworth
Sunday 6th June 2008
Westbourne 205 for 6 (G Haines 60, P Dickin 66, R Dickin 38; M Hall 10 overs 2 for 33, J Houghton 10 overs 2 for 48)
Lodsworth: 179 for 7 (Rod Taylor 96, Oliver King 46; R Patel 15 overs 4 for 62, S Desai 11 overs 2 for 8)
Lodsworth CC maintained their unbeaten record with a hard fought draw against Westbourne CC. Westbourne won the toss and elected to bat on a very damp though immaculate wicket. Opener G Haines laid a firm foundation with 60 and the father and son combination of P and R Dickin scored 66 and 38 respectively. The Lodsworth bowlers struggled to assert their authority as Westbourne amassed 205 for 6 in two and a half hours before tea. Captain Matt Hall with 2 for 33 and Jon Houghton with 2 for 48 were the pick of the Lodsworth bowlers.
In reply Lodsworth’s batsmen looked decidedly shaky as four wickets fell for just 9 runs to the combined skills of Westbourne’s Indian bowlers Patel and S Desai. But a fifth wicket partnership of 144 put the home team back on track.
The star of the Lodsworth innings was Rod Taylor who remarkably hit nine 6’s in his exhilarating knock of 96. His inning ended just short of a ton with a catch on the long-on boundary. Ollie King meanwhile batted sensibly with occasional flourishes to amass 46 runs. For a few overs it looked as if the Westbourne score might even be surpassed but eventually Lodsworth finished on 179 for 7 and a draw was a fair result.
There was a good deal of satisfaction in the Lodsworth ranks. The loss of our big hitting Mumbai batsman Alfred De Souza in mid May was expected to reduce the team’s capacity to compile big scores but Rod and Ollie stepped up to the mark and it is will hopefully inspire others to go for the runs.
Man of the Match Rod Taylor