Annual Dinner and Awards Night

Lodsworth Cricket Club held their annual Dinner and Awards Night at the Hollist Arms on the 8th January 2011. Chairman John King welcomed 37 players and their partners and guests to a friendly evening with a splendid dinner provided by staff of the Hollist Arms hosted by the club President George Bristow.

Skipper Andy Long announced the awards for the 2010 season.

  • Player of the Year – Graham Braithwaite
  • Batsman of the Year – Graham Braithwaite (Average 102.8 – Highest score 101 not out v Fittleworth)
  • Runner up Batsman of the Year – Alfie Bunker (Average 54 – Highest score 96 not out v Fittleworth)
  • Bowler of the Year – Andy Long (29 wickets – Average 16.83)
  • Runner up Bowler of the Year – Matt Hall & Dave Clark (15/14 wickets – Average 21.20)
  • Fielder of the Year – Andy Long (8 Catches and 2 run outs)
  • The John King Trophy for Best Individual innings in 2010 – Jack Dimond (101 not out v Milland)
  • The Hollist Arms Trophy for Best Individual bowling performance of 2010 – Paul Phillips (4 for 38 v Storrington)
  • Young Player of the Year – Harry Dimond (Highest score 108 not out v Tillington)
  • Most Improved Player of 2010 – Lee Ayres
  • Duck Trophy – Paul Phillips & Ollie King (3 ducks each)

The Hickey/Houghton Trophy awarded to the person or persons who have made a substantial contribution to the club – Len and Shirley Hall

The honoured guests of the Cricket Club Annual Dinner were Alan Thompson and Joe Clifford. Bob Powell the club Treasurer welcomed them.

Alan Thompson

Alan Thompson is the MD of Contract Candles Ltd. His firm generously sponsored the cricket team’s shirts in 2010 and his son 14-year old Jonno occasionally plays for the village team.

Joe Clifford

Joe Clifford was born in Lodsworth in 1944 and lived in the village until the late 1960’s. Joe played his first game for the village team at the age of 7 years old against West Dean & Singleton in 1951 and he took a catch at square leg. Although most of his early cricket was played at Lodsworth he also played for Tillington and Petworth Park.

In the 1960s Joe moved to Hampshire but he continued to play regularly for the village cricket team. His most famous achievement was in a game against Heyshott on the 6th June 1976. The Heyshott team played with 12 men but it was of little help to them for Joe took all 11 wickets in an amazing spell of spin bowling. Joe played one game for Lodsworth in 2010 and thus recorded the remarkable achievement of playing for Lodsworth for six decades.

Joe’s father George Clifford lived in the village from 1938 until his death in 1983 and he played for Lodsworth CC until he was 72 while Joe’s son Johnny Clifford and his nephew Matt Hall play for the current Lodsworth team and carry on the family tradition.

Johnny Clifford played his first game for the village against Stedham at the age of 11 and Matt Hall, the Lodsworth captain from 2007 to 2008, played his first game for the club at the age of 9 against Heyshott in 1987. He batted number 11 and scored 4 runs. Furthermore Matt’s mother, Shirley Hall (nee Clifford) was the scorer for the village team from her teenage years until the mid-1990s.

Lodsworth’s Barmy Army

In late January Tim and Gillian Johnson returned from Australia where they followed the victorious England team in the Ashes series. Over the course of the next twelve months Tim will no doubt recount to all who ask, the finer details of the English batting and bowling performance.

The Annual General Meeting

The AGM of the Lodsworth Cricket Club will be held at the Hollist Arms on Friday February18th at 7.30. All players and committee members are requested to attend.

Bob Powell


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