Lodsworth CC v The Cricket Society at Lodsworth 27th September 2009
The Cricket Society 163 for 5 (A Gale 65, A Newman 30; Paul Phillips 10 overs 2 for 43)
Lodsworth CC 113 all out (Oliver King 33, Matt Hall 29; R Symons 7 overs 4 for 36, P Hartland 10 overs 3 for 39)
And so to the last game of the 2009 season. The Cricket Society were an unknown quantity- we knew nothing of their pedigree or their ability. It transpired that like many of the touring teams who have no ‘home’ of their own but play away every weekend they were a mixture of accomplished grey-haired doyens of the game with a good straight bat and deft flick of the wrist and a couple of athletic youngsters.
Electing to bat The Cricket Society proceeded to 163 for 5 off 41 overs from Lodsworth. Paul Phillips captured two wickets for 43 runs while Harry Dimond and Matt Hall took one each. There was nothing flamboyant about the opposition but they have certainly mastered the basics.
Their score did not seem unachievable and after another extraordinarily good tea Matt Hall and Martin Howard strolled out to do battle. But pretty quickly P Hartland struck for the visitors and the wickets of the openers and Andy Wilson-Smith were captured. The middle order suffered a crisis of confidence and suddenly it was all down to Ollie King who scored a commendable 33 before the tail end capitulated and Lodsworth finished on 113 all out.
Skipper Andy Long sought the positives to take away from the season and there are many –in April faced with the loss of several players there were doubts if we could even raise a team but not only have we fulfilled all but one game, the team have occasionally played some brilliant cricket.
Man-of-the-match Ollie King