At Parham House, 5th September 2010
Lodsworth CC 205 for 6 off 42 overs (Graham Braithwaite 85 not out, Andy Wilson-Smith 43, Harry Dimond 26, Matt Hall 24; Fraser 7 overs 2 for 36)
Parham Park CC 207 for 2 off 39 overs (M Williams 114 not out, B Huffer 52; Andy Long 14 overs 2 for 69)
Two weeks without a game and Lodsworth were eager to play. Parham Park is a wonderful venue with Parham House, an Elizabethan mansion built in 1577, forming the background to the game. That said the pitch is a little dodgy as rabbits occasionally exit from burrows on the boundary and on previous occasions we have had to halt the game as deer appeared behind the bowlers arm.
Lodsworth batted first and after a stuttering start picked up momentum with Graham Braithwaite and Andrew Wilson-Smith enjoying a long 5th wicket partnership. Graham finished just short of a century with 85 not out and
Andrew, back from holiday in Australia, was just short of a half-century with 43. Matt Hall weighed in with 24, and Harry Dimond hit a swift 26. Lodsworth went in for tea with a comfortable total of 205 for 6 on the board.
But Parham Park is a much-strengthened team this season and the opening batsman proved difficult to dislodge. A recurring problem this season has been Lodsworth’s inability to bowl out the opposition having batted first and set a defendable target. Andy Long has been the only consistent bowler. Parham managed to reach the target of 206 for the loss of just two wickets, with five balls of the last over remaining. As Jim Hickey succinctly put it in the bar of The Crown pub after the game, “A good game of cricket – a pity we lost.”
Man of the match Graham Braithwaite
Scribe Bob Powell