11th July at Lodsworth
Bury &West Burton 157 all out,
Lodsworth 160 for 9.
You couldn’t write the script!
After six overs the visitors had raced to 51 for 1. A score of 250 or even more was the gloomy prediction. But wickets fell and 8 runs came from the next five overs. Phillips, 10 overs 3 for 57 and Long, 11 overs 1 for 9, steadied the ship after the onslaught and young Finn Campbell showed a lively promise with 3 for 28 off 7 overs. Hall chipped in with 2 for 29 off 5 and Bury were out for 157 at tea.
The parched outfield ensured a certain boundary once the field was beaten. The target was within reach. It would need some luck and steady heads from the old hands. But after the first few overs the visitors had other ideas! First change saw 22 years old Sussex star Bircson generating pace not seen before by Lodsworth’s worthies. Helmets were called for by the men as well as the boys! Great character was shown by 14 year old Campbell (19 runs) . Fearless Finn was paid the dubious compliment of the fast bowler extending his run and his pace, cranking up to his top speed. Finn saw him off and was unlucky to be caught off a slow bowler who appeared to achieve a double bounce! Hickey (32), having patiently held the innings together, scoring with firm ground strokes, was caught on the long on boundary with his first six attempt. King (22) held on whilst wickets tumbled on the fast bowler’s return.
With 14 overs left to bat out, just the last man to come and academically, another 56 to win, skipper Andy Long joined Gerry Keen. They stayed, against pace and spin. Long picked off the boundaries. Miraculously they gave no chance until brave Keen succumbed. Enter Collins, suffering from hay fever, 14 to win, 4 overs left and some fast bowling to resist. Heroic stuff! Collins held the fort. To ecstatic cheers from the boundary Andy Long carried the day and his bat for 45 runs to lead his side to a memorable victory.
Man of the match Finn Campbell and Andy Long
Scribe Hunter Graham