Lodsworth CC v Parham Park CC at Lodsworth 13th September 2009.
Lodsworth CC (James Hickey 51, Andrew Wilson-Smith 46; Richmond 10 overs 6 for 38)
Parham Park CC ( M Williams 45, D Burt 34; Paul Phillips 13 overs 2 for 34)
With many regular faces missing including skipper Andy Long it was left to Paul Phillips to scrape a team from Matt Hall’s family, occasional cricketers and Easebourne school dads.
Put into bat by Parham, James Hickey (51) saw a stylish return to form. He was ably assisted by Martin Howard (14), then Matt Hall (16) nursing his first cold of the season. Lodsworth made a solid start but every year when playing Parham we seem to fall to the same Mr. Richmond (10 overs 6 for 38). A truly canny old village cricket bowler who chucks them up ‘like pies’ and somehow you can’t help but get yourself out. Only Andy Wilson Smith (46) played an uncharacteristically measured and dogged knock whilst all around him collapsed. Then after Andy belted one for a hopeful 6 for his half-century to be foiled by an excellent catch in the deep by Mark Little, Lodsworth stumbled and fell at 160 runs off 33.5 overs half an hour before tea.
Phillips (2 for 34) and Howard opened with a tight 8 overs till tea. A fine catch fizzing to Hickey keeping wicket dispatched the Parham skipper. We then enjoyed a lovely tea prepared by Vicky Braithwaite, Teggy Phillips and Zena Davies and retook the field.
Lodsworth fielded tirelessly and really very well, with universally good, if unrewarded, bowling performances from Clifford, W-S, Hall and Pearman. With all fielders diligently applying themselves to the task; a few snappy run outs and many fine stops, Lodsworth made Parham work for every run. We bowled an astounding 51 overs before a nail biting finish: With two balls to go, their lefthander Williams (45) dispatched the winning runs into the dim twilight. (five wickets remaining.) Somehow not quite holding out for a deserved draw didn’t dim the pleasure of such a very good game of cricket. Thanks to Hunter Graham for scoring.
Man of the match James Hickey