Invited to participate for the first time in the Midhurst Six-a-Side Tournament in the idyllic surroundings of Cowdrey Park the village team faced stiff opposition from Liphook, Midhurst, Lurgashall, Haslemere and Kingsley
Lodsworth’s opening game was against local rivals Lurgashall who managed to amass 65 runs from 4 overs. Jack Dimond & Graham Braithwaite replied with a brilliant display of big hitting and straight drives but fell 8 short of the total. The next game was against a strong Midhurst team that included two big Zimbabwean hitters, Fourie and Christian. Martin Howard & Matt Hall bowled exceptionally well to restrict Midhurst to 45 from 4 overs but when Lodsworth batted, Jack Dimond was unlucky to be given out LBW with both James Hickey & Fergus Cruikshank the next to go. Braithwaite continued with several big shots but Lodsworth could only amass 34.
The Halsemere match was a must win game. Braithwaite & Dimond again batted extremely well, with the ball going to all areas of the field setting a target of 55 runs. Halsemere chased the runs and needed to get 6 off the last over which they comfortably achieved. Charlie Dimond showed agility in the field with a great fielding display. Following 3 losses, Lodsworth only had an outside chance of qualifying for the semi-final. Andrew Wilson-Smith, Graham Braithwaite and Martin Howard displayed determination to set a respectable target of 48 against Kingsley and both Howard & Paul Phillips bowled well to register Lodsworth’s first win by beating Kingsley with 4 runs to spare. The last game was against the eventual winners Liphook, who showed their league status by scoring 80 runs and restricting Lodsworth to 34.
Lodsworth CC finished fifth overall having won just one of their 5 games but only the last was a one sided affair and the village team were by no means outclassed.
Scribe Matt Hall