1st May 2011 at Lodsworth
Westbourne CC 195 all out off 39 overs (A Bone 101, D Kehasais 28; Andy Long 12 overs 3 wickets for 32 runs, Matt Hall 9 overs 3 wickets for 36 runs)
Lodsworth CC 196 for 7 off 36 overs (Oliver King 98, Dave Clarke 61; A Bone 10 overs 3 wickets for 55 runs)
Lodsworth won by 3 wickets
Westbourne batted first and under a sustained Lodsworth attack wickets fell regularly but one batsman, A Bone, proved immovable. Although the Lodsworth skipper Matt Hall varied the attack Bone smote all to the boundary, amassing 101 runs before being run out by a swift return from Lodsworth debutante Arthur Phelan.
Andy Long (12 overs 3 for 32) and Matt Hall (9 overs 3 for 36) made steady inroads into the remaining Westbourne batsmen and some keen fielding resulted in three run outs. Paul Phillips took two good catches and Oliver King, behind the stumps had an outstanding game. The visitors eventually finished on 195 all out in the 39th over.
After a weekend of Royal Wedding celebrations there were evidently still some goodies left in various Lodsworth larders for the tea was exceptional and Zena Davies and Vikki Braithwaite excelled themselves (with some help from Teggy Phillips).
After tea Lodsworth openers Oliver King and Dave Clarke began the chase. An hour later the same two were still at the crease and the score was edging towards 100. Dave eventually succumbed on 51 but Oliver went on to achieve what was possibly his highest score for Lodsworth – 98. Other batsman made sizable contributions and it was good to welcome back Jack Dimond who was beginning to look dangerous when he was unfortunately caught on the boundary going for a six.
Westbourne are strong opponents and this game could have gone either way. As it was, Lodsworth’s doggedness and fighting spirit carried the day. After 36 overs the visitors total was passed and Lodsworth ran out as winners with 196 for 7.
Man-of-the-Match Oliver King
Scribe Bob Powell