at Lodsworth, Sunday 26th September 2010
Lodsworth CC 52 all out (Andy Long 17, Oliver King 9, Bob Powell 8; N Holmes 7 overs 4 for 12, P Holland 7 overs 3 for 9)
The Cricket Society 54 for 3 ( T Crocket 27, A Gale 17 not out; D Clarke 8 overs 1 for 26, Andy Long 6 overs 1 for 15, Mat Hall 2.2 overs 1 for 9)
Severely weakened by the departure of all their young players – Graham Braithwaite to University of Wales, Harry Dimond to Leeds University, and Alfie Bunker and Nick Bellion back at Seaford College – Lodsworth were forced to mobilise Dad’s Army for the last game of the 2010 season. And so Pete, the father of skipper Andy Long, John the father of Ollie King and Bob Powell the father of three and grandfather of four children (none of whom have the slightest interest in cricket) found themselves defending the honour of the village. Suffice to say the combined age of the number 9, 10 and 11 batsmen was 198.
The Cricket Society are no spring chicken’s either but they had a wealth of experience and set a very intimidating field that rattled the Lodsworth batsmen who fell like skittles to a lot of daft catches. Andy Long top scored with 17 runs but the highlight of the game was seeing John King strapping on his pads and together with Bob Powell adding 13 for the last wicket to bring the Lodsworth total to 52 all out
With a fine drizzle threatening heavier rain The Cricket Society went straight out to bat and they were never in danger of failing to pass the Lodsworth score, indeed they did so for the loss of just 3 wickets shortly before tea.
After a magnificent spread served by Zena and Mike Davies the two teams decided to venture out again for a 10-over ‘beer match’, which Lodsworth managed to win thereby recuing some pride. Thereafter “ Dad’s Army descended on the Hollist Arms where the club President was prevailed upon to provide a free round of chips to celebrate the end of a relatively successful season.
Man of the Match John King
Scribe Bob Powell