WESTBOURNE CC V LODSWORTH CC at Westbourne 31st May 2009
Westbourne CC 117 all out (Paul Phillips 12 overs 3 wickets for 39 runs, Dave Clarke 13 overs 3 for 21, Andy Long 6 overs 2 for 4)
Lodsworth CC 119 for 3 (Christian Budd 51 not out, Paul Phillips 31. Andrew Wilson-Smith 10, James Hickey 8 not out)).
The lovely village of Westbourne in Hampshire is home to one of the strongest teams that Lodsworth play. For the past three seasons they have trounced us, always batting first and scoring over 200 runs on each occasion. Their No.3 batsman has been a particular ‘thorn in our side’.
The Lodsworth team had a youthful look about it with both Ed Bristow and Jonno Thompson turning out for their first game of the season. On a beautiful day Lodsworth were keen to bowl first. Paul Phillips had rushed back from his holiday in Cornwall (plenty of pasties and ale) and opened the bowling with new player Dave Clarke. Paul started well with swing and seam and made the breakthrough with a lovely ball that cut back to uproot the opener’s off stump.
In came the Westbourne No.3 and his intentions were clear as he clipped the second delivery, elegantly off his pads for 4. Two overs later there was a classic 4 and a huge 6 and Lodsworth were thinking, “here we go again”, but with the very next ball Paul got his man with a nick to the keeper, James Hickey. That was the man we wanted. Lodsworth continued to bowl in the right areas and aided by some good fielding and catches restricted the home team to 117 all out – but then Lodsworth had still to bat on the lively wicket. Paul Phillips finished with 12 overs 3 wickets for 39 runs, Dave Clarke with 13 overs 3 for 21 and Andy Long 6 overs 2 for 4. Worthy of note was James Hickey’s four catches behind the stumps, two of which were, to quote the skipper, ‘absolute blinders’!
After tea Andrew Wilson-Smith was sent in with Paul Phillips to open for Lodsworth. Andrew did his usual rapid fire 10 off six balls but it was Paul Phillips who showed a greater array of shots with 4’s flying everywhere. Matt Hall at number three made 4 before he was caught out at mid-wicket and then Phillips got carried away and ran himself out for a bright and breezy 31. At 53 for 3 Lodsworth could have collapsed but then came the fireworks. James Hickey ably supported while Christian Budd tore into the spinners. Fours and sixes were coming rapidly and not many singles until with score on 113 and Budd on 48 he hit a mighty six over the ropes for his own 50 and a win for Lodsworth, A truly great win and a superb team performance. Special thanks to Ed and Jonno who played well in the field and to Martin Howard who journeyed down from Manchester to play.
Men of the Match Paul Phillips and Christian Budd