Down to the Wire

West Chiltington CC v Lodsworth CC at West Chiltington August 16th 2009

West Chiltington CC 140 all out in 35.1 overs (Mick Armstrong 58, B Martin 19; Graham Braithwaite 5 overs 3 for 25, Matt Hall 2.1 overs 2 for 15, Paul Phillips 9 overs 2 for 17, Andy Long 6 overs 2 for 20).

Lodsworth CC 125 for 9 in 39 overs (James Hickey 25, Matt Hall 25, John Clifford 22; Mick Armstrong 10 overs 3 for 14, D Budgen 5 overs 2 for 22).

Match Drawn.

The West Chiltington skipper won the toss and elected to bat but may have had some qualms about his decision as three batsman were quickly dismissed with just 19 runs on the board. But at this stage the home team’s Australian all-rounder Mick ‘Dundee’ Armstrong steadied their imminent collapse with a combative 58 and West Chiltington wrapped up their innings with 140 all out off 35.1 overs. Graham Braithwaite was the best of the Lodsworth bowlers with 5 overs 3 for 25. Andy Long, James Hickey, Graham Braithwaite and Bob Powell held good catches.

After a splendid tea Lodsworth were quickly in disarray. Oliver King, Graham Braithwaite, Harry Dimond, Alfie Bunker and Nick Bellion contributed a total of just 14 runs and the visitors wilted under sustained pressure from fast bowler Armstrong who returned figures of 10 overs 3 for 14. Lodsworth looked as if they were heading for an embarrassing defeat when the cavalry arrived in the shape of Matt Hall (25) Paul Phillips (16), Johnny Clifford (22) and James Hickey, whose sparkling 25 included two towering sixes turned the game around.

With the score at 125 and with 9 wickets down Lodsworth had to survive just two balls to force a draw, which they did with some elation. Both teams agreed it was an immensely enjoyable game of cricket taken down to the wire.

Man-of-the-Match James Hickey

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