At Lodsworth 8th August 2010.
Lodsworth CC 300 for 4 off 40 overs (Harry Dimond 91, James Hickey 54, Alfie Bunker 54 not out, Graham Braithwaite 43 not out, Matt Hall 38)
Arundel Castle Grasshoppers 152 for 2 off 41 overs (James Hickey 3 overs 1 for 17, Rob Collins 3 overs 1 for 12)
Put in to bat against the visiting side of Arundel Grasshoppers, Lodsworth’s openers capitalized on some wayward bowling with 17 runs off the first over. Hall and Hickey raced to 42 off the first 4 overs before Matt Hall spooned a catch to second slip while James Hickey made the most of some bad fielding and dropped catches to reach 54 before being given out LBW. Harry Dimond looked at ease at the crease and with some huge 6’s increased the pressure before being caught on 91 just nine runs short of his second century of the season. Alfie Bunker piled on the agony with 54 not out while Rod Taylor, on vacation from Muscat Oman played his favourite 6 to cow-corner before being bowled. With Arundel on the ropes Graham Braithwaite delivered the knockout with 43 in 15 balls, at which point with the score 300 for 4 off 40 overs, Andy Long declared.
After a delightful tea prepared by Vikki Braithwaite and Zena Davies Lodsworth took to the field determined to storm the fortress Arundel. Andy Long gave all the outfielders an opportunity to bowl, including Rob Taylor’s son Jake, but the Castle Xl were intent on withstanding the siege and effectively pulled up the drawbridge. Only Rob Collins and James Hickey were able to penetrate the defences and Arundel finished on 152 for 2 off 41 overs to claim a draw.
Man of the Match – Harry Dimond
Scribe Andy Long