In mid-January with the Recreation Ground still under several centimetres of snow and with more expected it is strange to be thinking of the cricket season but things are stirring in the village.
On Friday 28th January the AGM of the club was held in the Hollist Arms.
The committee nominated last years popular skipper Andy Long for another season and Paul Phillips to act as his deputy. The full list of nominations was.
- Captain Andy Long
- Vice Captain Paul Phillips
- Chairman, Secretary and Fixture Secretary John King
- Treasurer Bob Powell
- Grounds Member Paul Phillips
- Representative on the Recreation Hall Committee John King
- Committee Members James Hickey, Andy Wilson-Smith, Matt Hall, John Clifford (carrying on a Clifford family tradition)
George Bristow graciously agreed to carry on as President of Lodsworth Cricket Club.
The AGM recorded its thanks to the Sponsors and Vice Presidents of the club who have continued their support in difficult economic times.
Looking ahead, John King has already arranged 22 fixtures for the 2010 season; 11 are home fixtures and 11 away. Easebourne have dropped off the list to be replaced by Westbourne and a new fixture against Storrington
As ever the club is keen to attract talented players – young and old. In 2009 Richard Gough brought his sublime batting skills to the team on a couple of occasions while Jack, Harry and Charlie Dimond all turned out for the village team and recruited their friends Nick Bellion, Alfie Bunker and Josh Cowell.
Graham Braithwaite raced home from university on half a dozen occasions to play for the village and Jonno Thompson also made an appearance while Andy Wilson-Smith introduced Ben and Elliott to the joys of village cricket. For the stalwarts of the club it was a real pleasure to see the traditions of village cricket being carried on by a younger generation.