3rd July 2011 at Graffham
Lodsworth 120 all out in 32 overs (Dave Clark 43, Paul Phillips 26, James Hickey 17;L Fourie 8 overs 3 for 15, J Pink 6 overs 2 for 22)
Graffham CC 122 for 6 in 34 overs (S Gray 34, Riddell 23 not out; Tom Davis 8 overs 3 for 8, Matt Hall 8 overs 2 for 21)
Tense and intensely competitive, the sledging occasionally broached acceptable limits, as both teams were intent on victory. Lodsworth batted first and a dubious LBW decision saw Matt Hall given out and set the tone for the encounter.
In a game against the same opponents two weeks earlier Lodsworth had shaded victory and that the Graffham team were keen to avenge the defeat was evident from the change in their line up which saw L Fourie (8 overs 3 for 15) and J Pink (6 overs 2 for 22) brought in.
Their effectiveness was evident as Lodsworth’s top order was decimated – Matt Hall, Jack Dimond, Henry Randell and Tom Davis were all quickly back in the pavilion and it fell to Dave Clark (43) and Paul Phillips (26) to bring some respectability to the scoreline. But would 120 off 32 overs be defendable?
After tea, Lodsworth attacked the opposition with vigour. Tom Davis, who earlier in the week had been bowling in the nets at the Oval to the Sri Lankan team, was in devastating form and his figures of 8 overs 3 wickets for 8 runs justified the apprehension that came over the Graffham batsmen. But gradually Graffham fought back and crept past Lodsworth’s total to finish on 122 for 6 off 34 overs.
Verdict – a very close fought game with little quarter given on either side.
Man of the match Tom Davis
Scribe Bob Powell