Lodsworth v Bury and West Burton

Sunday 13th July at Lodsworth

Match Drawn

Bury and West Burton CC 210 for 6 (M Barson 72, N Lewis 60, M Blackwood 48: Andy Long 12 overs 2 for 55)

Lodsworth CC 129 for 6 (G Braithwaite 54, J Houghton 20 not out: T Dockerill 5 overs 3 for 15, M Blackwood 5 overs 2 for 19)

A splendid buffet lunch with wine was perhaps not the best of preparation for a game against one of the strongest opponents on the Lodsworth CC fixture list. And so it proved to be – Lodsworth took to the field in high spirits but were quickly brought down to earth as the first two overs were thrashed for 20 runs. But it got better and the flow of runs was gradually brought under control.

Bury and West Burton went on to score 210 for 6 with some extraordinarily good batting from Sussex Academy player M Barson (72). The Lodsworth bowlers toiled but the pickings were lean. Skipper Matt Hall tried every combination and Andy Long picked up two wickets for 55 while other wickets were spread thinly between Paul Phillips, Matt Hall and John Houghton.

Faced with a huge total to chase after tea Lodsworth went off at a smart pace. Graham Braithwaite hit a superb 54 and for a time the home team matched the visitors run rate but it soon became evident that the best recourse was to play for a draw. Jon Houghton stuck around to end on 20 not out and with Rod Taylor still at the crease Lodsworth ended on 129 for 6. It was not a vintage performance from the village team but a nonetheless it was determined defensive effort to record a well earned draw.

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