8th May 2011 at Lodsworth
Lodsworth CC 247 for 6 declared (Jack Dimond 104, James Hickey 53 Dave Clarke 48 not out, Nick Bellion 17)
Kirdford CC 43 all out (P Charman 14 not out: Dave Clarke 8 overs, 3 maidens 3 wickets for 6 runs, Nick Bellion 7 overs 3 maidens 3 wickets for 6 runs, Charlie Dimond 3.2 overs 1 maiden, 2 wickets for 4 runs)
Lodsworth won by 189 runs
With Andy Long, Oliver King and Lee Ayres unavailable Lodsworth drafted in Nick Bellion, Charlie Dimond and welcomed back James Hickey. Kirdford gained an early wicket, that of skipper Matt Hall. but then ran into a ‘brick wall’ in the shape of the second wicket partnership of James Hickey (53) and Jack Dimond (104). Both batted with great assurance and it was good to see Jack back at his commanding best. Nick Bellion contributed 17 and when Dave Clarke came to the crease he lost no time in pushing the score along and was on 48 when Matt Hall declared the innings closed at 247 for 6 shortly before 5.00 pm.
Another super tea was prepared by Jill King, Vikki Braithwaite and Zena Davies after which Kirdford CC took the field and Lodsworth opened their attack with Dave Clarke and Nick Bellion. Both bowled superbly, the right-armed Clarke moving the ball away from the bat and claiming three victims with dramatic catches by Paul Phillips, Nick Bellion and Bob Powell. Nick Bellion, bowling left-arm over the wicket, moved the ball into the batsmen and successfully bowled two batsman and had a third caught behind by Powell. The Kirdford batsmen were not allowed to settle and the last two wickets fell to the medium pace bowling of Charlie Dimond for just 4 runs. Kirdford were dismissed for 43 all out.
It was nevertheless a game played in a friendly spirit and both teams retired to the Hollist for a post mortem. After two beers, Dave Clarke (with 48 not out, 3 wickets for 6 runs and two catches) suggested that Andy Long was in danger of loosing his ‘best all-rounder’ title.
Man-of-the-Match – Jack Dimond
Scribe – Bob Powell