Lodsworth CC 194 for 7 (James Hickey 91 not out, Paul Phillips 53; A Clarke 19 overs 3 for 49, John Upton 6 over 2 for 24)
Kirdford CC 46 all out (Dave Clarke 9 overs 3 for 12, Andy Long 8 overs 3 for 9, Joe Clifford .3 overs 1 for 4).
Lodsworth CC won by 3 wickets.
Put in to bat, Lodsworth got off to a shaky start with Matt Hall, Jon Clifford and Nick Bellion back in the pavilion with only 18 runs on the board. But James Hickey (91 not out, with two 6’s and eleven 4’s) gradually wrested control of the game away from Kirdford and when joined by Paul Phillips who hit a sparkling half-century (53) they stayed together for a partnership of 100 runs and effectively put the game beyond the reach of the home team. Fergus Cruikshank and Jerry Keen, both new players from the village enjoyed a spell at the crease and Lodsworth went in for tea with 194 for 7 on the scoreboard.
After indulging in an excellent tea Kirdford collapsed in spectacular fashion to the bowling of Dave Clarke (9 overs 3 for 12) and Andy Long (8 overs 3 for 9), being all out for 46. Lodsworth’s legendary septuagenarian spin bowler Joe Clifford took the final wicket. Joe first played for the village team against Ebernoe in 1951, and although not seen so often nowadays this was the 59th season when he donned his whites. Visitors to the Recreation Hall can see a framed score sheet of one particular game where Joe took the wickets of all the opposing team.
To cap his batting performance, a noticeably more slender and athletic James (Jimmy) Hickey made a lot of ground to take a lofted catch and confirm his Man-of-the- Match Award.
For a full report and pictures visit http://www.lodsworthcc.org.uk