Hickey sparks victory

Milland CC v Lodsworth CC
15th May 2011 at Milland

Milland CC 134 for 9 off 35 overs (C Stopher 26, R Alderman 25, Pollard 19 not out; Fergus Cruikshank 4 overs 3 for 31, Matt Hall 7 overs 3 for 17)
Lodsworth 137 for 3 (Jack Dimond 52 not out, James Hickey 51, Rob Collins 14; R Alderman 7 overs 2 for 38, Charlie Dimond 5 overs 1 for 29)
Lodsworth won by 6 wickets

Lodsworth always had the upper hand in this 35-over game. Milland CC contained several gifted individuals but they were a very young team. Batting first Milland struggled to assert any authority. There were good opening bowling spells from Dave Clark and Nick Bellion followed by Andy Long and Paul Phillips but it was Fergus Cruikshank (4 overs 3 for 31) and Matt Hall (7 overs 3 for 17) who shared the spoils. The best of the Milland batsmen were C Stopher (26) and R Alderman (25) but the Milland innings closed on just 134 for 9 off 35 overs.

On the restart, James Hickey hit a rapid-fire 51 to establish a bridgehead and he was followed by Jack Dimond (52 not out). Perhaps Jack’s inning lacked the fluidity of his century of the previous week but this was an all-together different wicket and he had to work very hard. Rob Collins contributed 14 valuable runs and Lodsworth passed the Milland total in just 24 overs finishing on 137 for 3. Charlie Dimond played for the opposition and bowled 5 aggressive overs taking 1 wicket for 29 runs.

Man of the match – Fergus Cruikshank

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