Lodsworth Batsmen Fall Like Skittles
Lodsworth CC v Tillington CC at Petworth Park. 5th July 2009
Tillington CC 92 all out (Al Rix 20, B Whickham 15, G Westmore 15; Martin Howard 5 overs 3 for 12, Paul Phillips 10 overs 3 for 24)
Lodsworth 47 all out (Oliver King 15, Paul Phillips 14; Quinn Murray 12 overs 8 for 14)
As a result of a clash with a stoolball tournament Lodsworth’s home fixture against close rivals Tillington was switched to Petworth Park. In retrospect it was not a good decision – Petworth is a remarkably beautiful setting but the playing square is abysmal, verging on dangerous,
Put in to bat Tillington, with renegade batsman Al Rix (20) to 3 the fore scored 92 all out off 29 overs. Martin Howard (5 overs 3 for 12) and Paul Phillips (10 overs 3 for 24) inflicting most of the damage with skipper Andy Long taking four catches.
Exultant after their fielding display Lodsworth were perhaps over confident of a victory but the more knowing sensed it would not be easy given the precocious nature of the track. And so it proved to be. Fast bowler Quinn Murrey, aided by a devilish bounce proceeded to demolish the Lodsworth batting, returning figures of 12 overs 8 wickets for 14 runs. It was a pathetic performance by the home team, who fell over like pub skittles, with only King and Phillips making double figures and a total of four ducks.
Coming on the back of a string of excellent batting displays it was disappointing. The pitch can be blamed but, as the saying goes, ‘it was the same for both teams’. One positive can be taken from the result – Lodsworth’s fielding was excellent, with catches taken by Long (4), Howard and Dellion.
Tea served by Jill King, Vicki Braithwaite and Teggy Phillips reached new heights of gastronomic excellence – some recompense for a harrowing afternoon in the field.