Andy Long lost the toss and Lodsworth were put in to bat on a lively green wicket that saw the ball bouncing high and offering a number of catching opportunities. The early batsman struggled until Richard Gough arrived at the crease and brought some stability. A credible score of 177 all out off 36.4 overs gave the home team some confidence of victory as they went into tea. Richard contributed a chanceless 76 not out and Paul Phillips continued his good run of batting with a solid 22. The majority of Lodsworth’s wickets fell to Grayswood’s paceman S Peate who took 5 for 28 off 11 overs.
After an excellent spread provided by Vicki Braithwaite, Teggy Phillips and Zena Davies the Lodsworth team set about the opposition with zest and quickly had the young Grayswood Xl ‘on the ropes’. But, alas, not for the first time this year, the village team were unable to land the knockout blow.
This has been a recurring theme of the 2009 season and searching for a reason we were forced to conclude that we have missed the contribution of John Houghton this year – not for his batting – but for his spin bowling that has often changed the course of a game in the past.
Andy Long played a Captain’s role with 6 wickets for 12 runs off 10 overs and Nick Bellion captured 2 for 14 off 4 overs. There was also an excellent run out with a direct hit by Lee Ayres. Towards the end the Lodsworth fielders crowded around the bat in desperation, but the last two Grayswood batsmen survived and ‘another one got away’.
Man of the match – Richard Gough and Andy Long