Arundel Grasshoppers CC v Lodsworth CC at Arundel Castle 8th August 2009
Lodsworth CC 152 for 8 (Harry Dimond 48, Matt Hall 39 not out; C Budd 15 overs 3 for 43)
Arundel Grasshoppers CC 155 for 6 (C Budd 82; Martin Howard 6 overs 2 for 29)
Lodsworth CC Lost.
The 15th Duke of Norfolk built Arundel Castle cricket ground in 1895 and the 3.5-acre amphitheatre is acknowledged to be one of the most beautiful cricket venues in the world. From its immaculate flat wicket, to its lush green outfield and dining room walls lined with historic oil paintings and black and white photographs the ground is unique. This year the pitch has hosted Sussex v Hampshire, The Duke of Norfolk’s XI v Australian Crusaders and The Duke of Norfolk’s XI v Cambridge University. Suffice to say this was the first time in 114 years that Lodsworth Cricket Club were invited to play here against Arundel Grasshoppers formerly known as The Arundel Estate XI.
Put in to bat, the Lodsworth openers seemed slightly in awe of their surroundings and the score crept along at snails pace with just 42 runs on the board after 20 overs and with Jon Clifford, Graham Braithwaite, Nick Bellion and Oliver King all back in the pavilion. It fell to Harry Dimond (48) and Matt Hall (39 not out) to up the pace and Lodsworth finished with 152 for 8 off 43 overs.
From the outset 152 looked difficult to defend and when the Grasshoppers whacked 21 off the first four overs things looked decidedly ominous. Andy Long tried all ways to shift opener C Budd using six bowlers but he proved immovable, going on to score 82 as the home team swept to victory with 155 for 6. Martin Howard, Nick Bellion, Josh Cowell, Matt Hall and Andy Long all bowled well and James Hickey took a superb catch but in the end the Castle retainers repelled the village invaders with 11 balls to spare.
Man of the match Harry Dimond