23rd April at Lodsworth
Ebernoe CC 163 for 8 (A Carter 66, S Crouch 40; Fergus Cruikshank 3 wickets for 10 runs, Andy Long 2 for 25)
Lodsworth CC 104 for 9 (Dave Clarke 26, Finn Campbell 23, Tom Atkins 20).
The traditional opening match for the village cricket team of the season is always against Ebernoe CC. Matches between these two old adversaries are always keenly contested but played in a good spirit and this was true of this encounter. The ground and the wicket at the Recreation Hall were in excellent condition thanks to the hard work put in by Paul Phillips and Matt Hall.
Ebernoe batted first and amassed 163 runs for the loss of 8 wickets mainly through the efforts of A Carter (66) and S Crouch (40) while for Lodsworth Fergus Cruikshank (3 for 10) and Andy Long (2 for 25) were the pick of the bowlers. James Hickey got off to a tremendous start behind the stumps as he held onto four catches.
In response the Lodsworth batsmen laboured against a sustained Ebernoe attack. There was a collapse at the top of the order and the outstanding batsmen were Dave Clarke (26), young Finn Campbell (23) and Tom Atkins (20). But it looked as if the village team were heading for ‘an early bath’ until Paul Phillips and Rob Collins came together for a last wicket stand. The pair defended stoutly to stave off defeat and achieve a draw. The team ended on 104 for 9 with Rob on 12 not out and Paul on 7 not out.
Man-of-the-Match Rob Collins
Scribe John King