Down to the Wire

Lodsworth CC v Tangmere CC at Lodsworth 14th June 2009.

Lodsworth CC 200 for 8 (Graham Braithwaite 64, Oliie King 41, James Hickey 23, Jon Clifford 21, Paul Phillips 20)

Tangmere CC 201 for 4 ( Andy Long 8.4 overs 3 for 37)

Lodsworth Lost

Games against Tangmere in the last five years have always been close run affairs with two wins to Lodsworth, two draws and a classic game that ended in a tie when Matt Hall missed the stumps from two metres for a run out on the last ball!

On this occasion Andy Long won the toss and elected to bat on an excellent track prepared by Paul Phillips. Andrew Wilson-Smith and Ollie King were given the task of dealing with the new ball, which they did admirably until A W-S was bamboozled by a left arm Chinaman. Dave Clark lasted a little longer until he was caught at point. King was meanwhile unusually patient as he compiled an innings of 41 runs before having a dabble outside his off-stump to gift a catch to the keeper. At the other end Graham Braithwaite accelerated the scoring rate and there was a cultured contribution from 12-year old Finn Campbell who displayed excellent technique on his debut before being stumped. James Hickey joined GB and contributed a rapid fire 23 while Graham proceeded to 63 before being given out one ball after his parents joined the spectators. It remained for Paul Phillips (20) and Jon Clifford (21) to play cameo roles before the last pair Andy Long and his dad Peter arrived at the crease for the final over – the first time they had batted together for 20 years. Lodsworth went in at the half way point with 200 runs on the board and feeling reasonably satisfied and confident of the outcome.

But Tangmere came out to bat aggressively and put on 80 runs for the loss of one wicket (caught Hickey bowled Hall ) in the hour after tea. With 20 overs remaining they required 120 runs – a runs a ball but “with plenty of rabbits in the hutch” to use the skipper’s metaphor. With Matt Hall, Paul Phillips, Dave Clark and Graham Braithwite all struggling to take wickets the skipper introduced himself and this proved to be a good decision as he picked up two quick victims that swung the game in Lodsworth’s favour.

But three dropped catches later and with several mighty hits to the boundary Tangmere gradually came back into the game until they needed just 20 runs from 4 overs. Eventually they made the target of 201 for the loss of four wickets with 8 balls left. The game was played in a good spirit and Lodsworth were not disgraced but all credit to Tangmere for they took the game to the home team and played well as a team. Special mention should be made of James Hickey who took one catch and made two stumpings)

Man of the match – Oliver King

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