Lodsworth CC 82 all out (Matt Hall 26, Alfie Bunker 19; Lockwood 3 overs 4 for 7, Kemp 4 overs 2 for 4)
Walberton CC 85 for 2 (Bradley 38 not out. Keale 31: Andy Long 6 overs 1 for 16, Paul Phillips 7 overs 1 for 30)
Walberton is one of our bogey teams. They have fairly average bowlers and their batting is dogged rather than elegant but on every occasion that Lodsworth make the journey south of the A27 we self-destruct. Defensive skills are thrown out of the window and every Lodsworth batsman seems to want to gift a catch to the opposition.
Matt Hall and Harry Dimond started well and took the score to 25 at which point Harry was beaten by a yorker. Paul Phillips went next ball, possibly suffering from the previous day’s celebrations after winning the “Best Vegetable’ award in the Village Horticultural Show. The turning point came, however, when Matt Hall on 26 was given out ‘caught behind’ by umpire Bob Powell. Hawkeye or rather 11 hawkeyes on the boundary verified that in fact the ball did not carry. Thereafter with the exception of Alfie Bunker (19) all the Lodsworth batsmen surrended meekly and the village team ended on 82 all out.
After tea Walberton applied themselves well and offered few chances while Lodsworth bowled their hearts out but to no avail as the score slowly mounted. The home team eventually cantered to a win with 85 for 2, the wickets falling to Phillips and Long.
The only good news of the day came as Lodsworth left the field to find England had won the Ashes!