Fernhurst CC v Lodsworth CC at Fernhurst 21st June 2009
Lodsworth 256 for 5 (G Braithwaite 81, Oliver King 50 not out, Harry Dimond 27, Matt Hall 22 not out, Nick Dellion 19, Paul Phillips 19 not out)
Fernhurst 132 for 7 ( M Heath 49 not out, A Sales 30, A Lambert 19: Andy Long 10 overs 3 for 26)
Lodsworth faced the youngest opposition of the season as Fernhurst fielded a team boasting nine under 18’s. Winning the toss Andy Long sent in Oliver King and James Hickey and both fared well against some useful bowling until James hooked a ball to leg and was well caught. In came Graham Braithwaite who displayed a delightful array of shots in all directions while King was building a sure but very steady innings. By the drinks break Lodsworth were 100 for 1 and looking set for a high score at which point the skipper said to put the foot on the accelerator. Graham obliged and eventually holed out on 81 while Oliver retired on 50
Harry Dimond (27) and Matt Hall (22) took up the cudgels and both played some elegant shots as did Nick Dellion (19) and Paul Phillips (19 not out) to take Lodsworth to 256 for 4 off 38 overs – one of the highest scores by the village team in recent years.
After tea Lodsworth set about the Fernhurst batsman with a will. Dave Clark and Paul Phillips opened the attack but like Fernhurst who dropped half a dozen catches Lodsworth showed equal lack of application to the basics. The home team got to 50 for 1 with some narrow escapes along the way. A change of bowlers saw Nick Dellion who got a wicket with his fourth ball. At the other end Long brought himself on and he took two quick wickets, one caught by King and another bowled.
A smart run out by Nick Dellion left Fernhurst on 75 for 6 with 8 overs remaining and soon after Long took a smart caught and bowled. With a victory in sight Lodsworth tried everything from spin to Yorkers but to no avail as Fernhurst held on for a draw with 132 for 7 of 40 overs. It was what is termed a ‘winning draw’.
Man of the Match – Graham Braithwaite