Lodsworth CC v Loxwood CC
Sunday 8th June 2008
Loxwood CC: 184 for 6 (A Jefferies 71 not out, T Holmes 45, A Dudman 23; Matt Hall 8 overs 3 for 41, Andy Long 8 overs 2 for 24)
Lodsworth CC: 172 all out (Jon Houghton 61 not out, Richard Gough 45; A Dudman 10 overs 4 for 52, A Jefferies 10 overs 2 for 29)
Lodsworth were by no means disgraced as they fell just short of the visitors total in a close fought encounter at the recreation ground. In fact although played under Sussex rules the game resembled a 20/20 match as both teams teams fought hard for a victory.
Loxwood batted first and although kept on a tight rein in the early overs they eventually cut loose and finished on 184 for 6 with their top scoring batsman A Jefferies carrying his bat with 71 not out. Andy Long worked hard bowling up the hill to take 2 for 24 off 8 overs and Matt Hall garnered 3 for 41. Lodsworth’s fielding was not at its best.
Three or four years ago a score of 184 at tea would have demoralized Lodsworth but no longer. From the outset they chased the runs. Richard Gough imparted a touch of class into the batting and he was rarely troubled as he advanced to 45 before being caught at third man. Jon Houghton eventually found his form and confidently smote the ball around the ground to record 61 not out. There were valuable contributions by Rod Taylor, Andy Long and Matt Hall but unfortunately Jon ran out of partners. In his eagerness to get to the batting end he ran out Bob Powell with just three balls to go – just 12 runs short of the Loxwood total.
Upon reflection we could probably have shut up shop in the last over and achieved a draw – but what the heck- this was fighting stuff from Lodsworth and it was much more exhilarating. The victories will come if we play cricket to win.
Man of the match Jon Houghton