4th July at Tillington
Lodsworth CC 215 for 5 (Harry Dimond 108 not out, James Hickey 45, Alfie Bunker 25, Paul Phillips 20)
Tillington CC 116 for 5 (Andy Long 5 overs 2 for 4, Paul Phillips 7 overs 1 for 12)
Forget Liverpol v Everton, forget Madrid v Barca, forget England v Australia – this was the big one – Lodsworth CC v Tillington CC, the tense local Derby that the players talk about for weeks. “We can loose every game in a season but not versus Tilly” as one player (who prefers to remain anonymous) noted. It means a lot especially as former Lodsworth player Alistair Rix now figures in the Tillington batting line up.
Anyway, to the game itself. Lodsworth were put in to bat on a hard fast ground. Oliver King and Matt Hall were first out of the trenches and it wasn’t long before the Tillington bowler Hill gunned them both down for ducks. King played an awful shot to Mid Wicket and Hall was given out to a dubious LBW. With the score at 3 for 2 Lodsworth were in trouble but in came Harry Dimond and James Hickey. After a nervous start they both settled into playing delightful shots and the score looked respectable at 100 for 2 when Hickey departed with 48. Then we were treated to some adventurous cricket by Harry and Alfie Bunker that put the bowlers under pressure. Bunker was eventually bowled for 25 and it was left to Paul Phillips (20) to support Harry as he went on to make a fantastic century (108 not out) – his first for Lodsworth as the village team finished with 215 for 5.
After tea Lodsworth mounted their attack with Paul Phillips and Dave Clark opening the bowling and Long setting an aggressive field. Phillips quickly took a wicket with an LBW decision but Clark had no luck. As the score made snail-like progress to 40 off 15 overs it became evident Tillington were intent on batting out for a draw. Lodworth threw in fresh troops with pace from Alfie Bunker and spin from Fergus Cruikshank, Harry Dimond and Martin Howard. Good fielding from Lee Ayres and a couple of wickets for Howard and Long kept up the pressure but Tillington held on to finish on 116 for 5.
The highlight of the encounter was the scalp of Alistair Rix bowled first ball by a beauty from his good friend (off the field) Martin Howard that drew an exultant cry from Andy Long. The game was drawn but had this been a boxing match Lodsworth would have been declared the winner on points.
Man-of-the-Match Harry Dimond
Scribe Andy Long