John Clifford Memorial Trophy Game At Lodsworth 8th September 2009.
Lodsworth CC 283 for 5 wickets (Jack Dimond 40 rtd, Alfie Bunker 40 rtd, Harry Dimond 40 rtd, Graham Braithwaite 35, Nick Bellion 26, Elliott Wilson-Smith 20: Johan Fourie 4 overs 1 for 17)
Matt Hall Xl 136 all out (Matt Hall 39, Aaron Calder 17, Jon Clifford 14; Jack Dimond 3 overs 3 for 11, Andy Wilson-Smith 4 overs 2 for 18)
Fielding their youngest ever team with six players 18 or under Lodsworth stormed to their highest score for several years and scored a comprehensive victory over the Matt Hall Xl. In this annual game for the John Clifford Memorial Trophy many of the usual conventions are set aside. The intention is that every player gets to bowl, batsmen retire at 40 and wides and no balls are penalised with two runs but no extra balls.
Jack Dimond (40 rtd) and Alfie Bunker (40 rtd) went off at a fair pace for Lodsworth and Harry Dimond followed his brother with another 40 (rtd). Further contributions from Nick Bellion (26), Graham Braithwaite (35) and Elliott Wilson- Smith (20) soon pushed the score beyond 200. The ‘old-men’ i.e. Andrew Wilson- Smith, Paul Phillips, Andy Long and Bob Powell were eclipsed by the next generation.
After a typically excellent tea prepared by Tim and Gillian Johnson the Matt Hall XI embarked on a seemingly hopeless chase. With his ‘A’ Levels behind him Jack Dimond was as effective with the ball as with the bat and claimed 3 for 11 off 3 overs while Andy W-S took 2 for 18 off 4 overs and Charlie Dimond, in his debut appearance for the village team took the vital wicket of Matt Hall. Andy Long snapped up two catches while Bob Powell took one and a stumping. For the Matt Hall Xl, Matt contributed 39 and Jon Clifford 14.
Man of the match Jack Dimond