Bosham CC 241 for 5 (T Gilliatt 94, S Gilliatt 61, B Barrett 55; Dave Clarke 10 overs 3 for 72)
Lodsworth 181 for 8 ( Oliver King 70, Matt Hall 59; S Gilliatt 7 overs 2 for 30)
‘On the road’ for their fourth away game of the season the nomadic Lodsworth team headed for the south coast village of Itchener for a game in the grounds of a large private house. The game was played on an artificial wicket that put Lodsworth, unfamiliar with the surface, at a slight disadvantage. Casting a professional eye over the field Paul Phillips lost no time in disparaging the quality of the track and outfield, which almost led to him being sent to the sin bin. The surface favoured batsmen and offered no turn for the bowlers who toiled in strong sunshine that necessitated two drinks breaks.
Bosham batted first and quickly dashed to 85 in 10 overs before the first wicket fell. By this time one Lodsworth fielder, Dan Hanratty, was in A&E at Chichester with a dislocated shoulder and Rob Collins was nursing a painful twisted knee (Perhaps Paul had a point). The Gilliatt brothers, T and S, batted well to score 94 and 61 respectively and Dave Clarke took 3 wickets but at a costly 72 runs. A little ill temper crept into the proceedings as the Bosham batsman survived two very reasonable appeals. Bosham finished on 241 for 5.
After tea Lodsworth set off in hot pursuit but a sharp run out left James Hickey hugely frustrated. Matt Hall continued to score freely but a middle order collapse set alarm bells ringing until Oliver King dug in to record an intelligent 70, with several powerful drives, to shore up the Lodsworth team who finished on 181 for 8, well short of the Bosham total but a worthy draw. Lodsworth’s unbeaten run continues.
Man of the match Oliver King