At Grayswood, Sunday 19th September 2010.
Grayswood 158 for 8 off 40 overs (S Peet 56 not out, D Grundy 27; Dave Clark 8 overs 3 for 23, Andy Long 8 overs 2 for , F Cruikshank 8 overs 3 for 23) )
Lodsworth 159 for 4 off 26 overs (Richard Gough 64, Andy Long 57 not out
Grayswood CC who had impressively racked up five successive victories in their last five games were the hosts to Lodsworth on the 19th September. Paul Phillips, the stand in skipper won the toss and elected to bowl first in a limited 40 overs-a-side friendly. Grayswood started off at a frantic pace, adding 31 for the first wicket in only six overs. However, Dave Clarke bowled a superb yorker removing the key wicket of C Kent (20) to stem the flow of runs. Both Fergus Cruickshank and Andy Long bowled steady line and length limiting Grayswood to 61-4 after 18 overs. D Grundy and T White added 30 for the fifth wicket, before Clarke bowled Grundy by hitting the top of off stump. James Hickey took a sublime catch whilst wicket keeping and Grayswood looked to be in trouble at 116-7. Young S Peet was next to the crease and after a slow start hit some lusty blows for a superb 56 off only 45 balls. Lodsworth might have ended his innings very early on, but for a few senior moments in the field with three dropped catches going by the wayside. L Shoham was run out on the last ball of the innings, as Grayswood finished their allotted 40 overs on 158-8. A special mention must go to Oliver King who fielded well.
Lodsworth opened with Richard Gough & John Clifford who faced the fast bowling of Peet and Wilson. Clifford (9) looked to take the lead with two lusty fours before being bowled. Matt Hall joined Gough at the crease and they hit a crucial 52 for the second wicket before Jackson dismissed Hall (14) and Hickey (1) in quick succession to leave Lodsworth 87-3. With the game back in the balance, Gough, with his classy shots and Andy Long with his forearm ‘tennis shot’ smashes took the game away from Grayswood with a quick-fire partnership of 56. Gough was eventually caught behind for 64. Needing only 16 runs, young Christian came to the crease and defended 3 balls for a not out while Long with four boundaries in five balls quickly wrapped the game up and reached 57 not out with 14 overs to spare.
Overall a resounding victory under the dictatorship, sorry I meant directorship, of Paul Phillips. Well done Paul!
Man of the Match Richard Gough
Scribe Matt Hall