Sunday 25th July at Lodsworth
Lodsworth CC 256 for 7 ( Harry Dimond 50 not out, James Hickey 45 not out, Nick Bellion 35, Martin Howard 21; Matt Hall 5 overs 2 for 35, John Clifford 4 overs 2 for 21)
The Matt Hall XI 222 for 10 (Matt Hall 73 not out, Tom Davis 35, Jack Dimond 35; Fergus Cruikshank 5 overs 2 for 13, Paul Phillips 5 overs 2 for 41, Andy Long 4 overs 2 for 24)
The annual game against the Matt Hall XI is serious fun. Both teams fielded 12 players in this 40-over game, with eight of the Matt Hall Xl current or former Lodsworth players, so that almost all of the 2011 playing squad had an opportunity to show their skills. We were pleased to welcome back Martin Howard now a Master at Millfield College, Tom Davis (down from Oxford Brookes University), Harry Dimond (home for Leeds University). Veterans Joe Clifford and Pete Long were also ‘up for it’ and it was a chance to wish farewell to Nick Bellion who is off to New Zealand for the summer to ski.
Lodsworth, captained by the newly elected Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council Paul Phillips, started confidently in scorching hot conditions but lost Rob Collins in the second over to a brilliant catch by Jack Dimond. However solid batting by Jack’s younger brother Harry (52 not out), James Hickey (45 not out) and Nick Bellion (35) contributed to a good all-round performance. Martin Howard (henceforth referred to as The Master from Millfield) contributed 21 and extras (wides and no balls) 40. Matt Hall bowled 5 overs 2 for 35 and John Clifford 4 overs 2 for 21, but the village team went in for tea well satisfied with a total of 256 for 7.
The Matt Hall Xl were ambitious and chased the runs. Tom Davis (35) and Jack Dimond (35) pushed the pace along but the main contribution came from skipper Matt Hall with 73 not out. The best of the bowlers were Fergus Cruikshank with 5 overs 2 for 13, Paul Phillips with 5 overs 2 for 41 and Andy Long 4 overs 2 for 24 and there were smart catches from Jerry Keane and James Hickey. The ‘visitors’ finished on 222 for 10.
The game was followed by a brilliant barbecue arranged by James Hickey who displayed his culinary skills from his days as landlord of the Lickfold Inn assisted by commis chef Fergus Cruikshank. The barbecue and a raffle with excellent prizes donated by members raised £90 for club funds and celebrated a season where Lodsworth are so-far unbeaten with a record of Played 9, Won 7, Drawn 1 with one match abandoned as a result of rain.
Man-of the-Match Matt Hall
Scribe Bob Powell