All Tied Up

Tangmere cc v Lodsworth CC
13th June 2010 at Tangmere
Limited overs game
Lodsworth 181 all out in 39.3 overs (Tom Atkins 53, Oliver King 32, Andy Long 29; K Ola 8 overs 3 for 19, I Gledhill 8 overs 3 for 19)
Tangmere 181 for 7 in 40 overs (I Blow 66, K Ola 24, M Clyme 23; Paul Phillips 8 overs 2 for 28, Andy Long 8 overs 2 for 29, Jack Dimond 7 overs 2 for 35)

Game ended as a tie.  Both teams scored 181 from 40 overs

Lodsworth has a wonderful pool of talented young players and it is a bonus when they are able to turn out for the village team. For the game against Tangmere, Tom Atkins (down from his first year at Newcastle University) and Jack Dimond (in his gap year before going to University) were both available and contributed vital cameos.

Winning the toss skipper Andy Long elected to bat and 53 sparkling runs from Tom Atkins along with a sound innings of 32 from Ollie King established a firm base. The middle order struggled but another fine knock of 29 from Andy Long at number 8 sent Lodsworth in for tea with 181 runs on the board.

Tangmere replied with an ebullient innings from I Blow (66) while for Lodsworth there were two astonishing catches – one a diving one handed caught and bowled from Jack Dimond, the other a remarkable agile two handed effort at knee height by Paul Phillips. But the end of the game was extraordinary – with one ball to go Tangmere were tied with Lodsworth on 181. Could they score one run off the last ball? Lodsworth players crowded around the batsman – Andy Long ran into bowl – and a great shout went up as the centre stump cartwheeled away.  A tie.

Later the team downed a few ales in the Bader Arms – the pub adjoining the recreation field named after the heroic WWll pilot Douglas Bader.

Man of the Match Tom Atkins

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