6th June 2010 at Lodsworth
Loxwood CC 206 for 7 (T Holmes 75, O Melsior 31, M Russell 30; Matt Hall 8 overs 3 for 42, Andy Wilson-Smith 4 overs 2 for 29)
Lodsworth 108 for 9 (James Hickey 28, Andy Long 24, Andy Wilson-Smith 20; T Brunning 9 overs 3 for 28, B Dean 9 overs 3 for 35)
After a run of four undefeated games Lodsworth CC came up against a powerful Loxwood Xl which had batting in depth and a strong bowling line up. Paul Phillips had prepared a superb wicket but it was the visitors who adjusted best to the hard, flat surface.
Batting first Loxwood lost an early wicket to a fine diving catch by Andrew Wilson-Smith but then consolidated with a chanceless innings of 75 by T Holmes. Matt Hall captured 3 wickets for 42 runs and Andy Wilson-Smith had a valuable spell taking 2 for 29. Fergus Cruikshank’s left arm deliveries moved considerably in the windy conditions but Loxwood dominated with the bat and went in for tea with 206 runs on the board for the loss of 7 wickets.
After tea Lodsworth got off to a shaky start when Matt Hall was dismissed by the second ball of the first over and shortly afterwards, Ollie King was taken to A&E for stitches to a cut above the right eye. Shorn of two key batsmen Lodsworth went into their shell. James Hickey looked set for a long stay at the crease but fell to a superb catch at backward point when on 28. Andy Wilson-Smith toiled to a useful 20 runs and Andy Long came in for a brief but lucrative flourish with six 4’s. But with six overs remaining Lodsworth could not resist the inevitable and ran into the buffers, beaten but not totally outclassed with 108 for 9. Thanks to Hunter Graham for taking over the score book and to George Bristow at the Holist for the post-match ‘bites’.
Man Of the Match Andrew Wilson-Smith
First Aid Lodsworth style.
When Oliver King went down clutching a substantial cut above the right eye the reactions were varied. A Loxwood player ran to the pavilion and sprinted back with ice wrapped in a cloth. Rosemary Hunter hurried out and commenced to massage Oliies head, someone asked if he would like a cup of tea and John King said, “Do you want me or your Mum to take you to hospital”?
“I want my Mum to take me,” muttered Oliver