Lodsworth CC 177 for 5 (J Hickey 53, A Rix 53, H Dimond 32; Pett 12 overs 2 for 53)
Kirdford CC 125 for 4 (Ravenstore 69 not out, Jeffery 30; A Long 12 overs 3 for 21)
Put in to bat on a hard wicket with a fast outfield the performance of the Lodsworth team was unrecognisable from the timid batting display on the first day of the season at Ebernoe.
Against an accurate Kirdford attack James Hickey and Alistair Rix showed determination and flair as they built a solid opening partnership of 87. James found the form that deserted him last year with a solid 53 including seven 4’s and two 6’s and Al hit his maiden half century for the club including eight 4’s But more was to come – Harry Dimond, taking an afternoon off from his AS Level revision, conjured an immaculate 32 including five 4’s and a towering 6 over square leg. Harry’s batting has real grace and power and he is developing into an elegant player.
Lodsworth amassed 177 runs for 5 wickets off 42 overs and went in to tea with the visitors facing an uphill battle.
The game looked to be heading for an early ending when, in the second over after tea, Andy Long had Kirdford’s opening batsman Sheppard LBW for a duck – and then the visitors third batsman Short was caught in the slips by Hickey, also for a duck, off Long. But the teams elation was short lived for although Bryder, the number four was also sent back for 2, caught Long bowled Paul Phillips, the remaining batsman decided to dig in.
And so it was that after 36 overs Jefferey (30) and Ravenstore (69 not out) defied the best that Lodsworth could throw at them to force a draw. Kirdford ended on 125 for 4 and honours were evenly divided. Yet Lodsworth can look on the result with some satisfaction for there was much more commitment and hard graft from the batsmen which if it can be repeated augurs well for the coming months.
The man of the match: Awarded jointly to Hickey and Rix.