Lodsworth CC v Fittleworth CC at Lodsworth 2nd August 2009
Fittleworth CC 122 for 6 off 43 overs (P Kitchener 69 not out, A Kitchener 28 not out; Andy Long 9 overs 4 for 13)
Lodsworth CC 125 for 2 off 27 overs (Matt Hall 80 not out, Harry Dimond 29)
Lodsworth CC won
After a stupendous Vice President’s lunch provided by the Hollist Arms and organised by Tim and Gillian Johnson with the assistance of John and Jill King the Lodsworth cricket team staggered out to play. Shaking off the effects of a particularly good Sauvignon Blanc the elder members of the team then produced their best bowling and fielding performance of the season. Or perhaps it was the contribution of our four Seaford College players that actually swung the game in Lodsworth’s favour.
Some fine bowling from Andy Long and Dave Clark initially tied down Fittleworth. The fielding was sharp and new recruit Alfie Bunker had a particularly memorable debut taking three catches, one off his own bowling. Nick Bellion, Matt Hall and Graham Braithwaite also bowled tightly and the visitors were restricted to 122 off 43 overs.
In reply Lodsworth knocked 125 for 2 off 27 overs with former skipper Matt Hall hitting his best run of batting form for a decade with 80 not out to add to his recent scores of 50 and 75. Harry Dimond supported stoutly with 29.
For Lodsworth this was a sweet victory, for Fittleworth had previously beaten the village team every year since 2002. On this occasion the tables were reversed and Lodsworth scored a resounding victory.
Man of the match Matt Hall (again)