June 5th 2011 at Lodsworth
Lodsworth CC 158 all out (Lee Ayres 42, James Hickey 20, Rob Collins 18; Branning 6 overs 3 for 29, Jefferies 10 overs 3 for 40, Melcio 3 overs 2 for 10)
Loxwood 94 for 0 (J Holmes 31, J Lane 51 not out)
Rain stopped play. Match Abandoned
Loxwood CC are arguably the strongest opposition that Lodsworth CC play and bristle with talent yet the village team started confidently enough with both Dave Clark and James Hickey hitting several boundaries. However wickets began to tumble and in no time the score was 44 for 5. Oliver King, Andy Long and Nick Bellion joined the openers in the pavilion. Then, as so often this season the Lodsworth middle order led a fightback. Lee Ayres hit an excellent 42, Rob Collins garnered a useful 18 and with a generous contribution of 30 extras Lodsworth finished with a respectable 158 all out.
After an excellent tea the teams emerged in light drizzle. Loxwood seemed untroubled by the worsening weather conditions and their openers J Holmes and J Lane were well in control, putting on 90 without loss.
But the steady rainfall made conditions underfoot increasingly hazardous for fielders and at 6.30 pm the two captains and umpires agreed to call a halt.
Man-of-the-match Lee Ayres
Scribe Bob Powell