Sunday 5th September at Lodsworth
Parham Park CC 180 for 1 off 30 overs (A Wales 71, A Vander 87 not out: Dave Clarke 9 overs 1 for 43)
Lodsworth CC 134 for 6 off 30 overs (Jack Dimond 49, Alfie Bunker 40: J Hammond 14 overs 4 for 50, J Mitchell 2 overs 2 for 3).
Over the years Parham Park have proved to be a difficult team to beat, somehow, with a core of veterans, always managing to resist our best attempts to bowl them out. And so it proved in this game, started in grey overcast skies (causing the game to be reduced to 30 overs each) but finishing in glorious sunshine.
Captain Phillips threw all his bowlers into the fray – Dave Clarke, Andy Long, Fergus Cruikshank, Alfie Bunker and himself but to no avail as A Wales (71) and A Vander (87) hung around until the 25th over before James Hickey gave the home team something to cheer with a superb catch to claim one wicket as
the visitors coasted to 180.
Tea came and went – very nice, as always – and then Lodsworth set off in pursuit. Here Parham proved to be parsimonious for they used just two accurate bowlers for 27 overs. Fast bowler J Hammond quickly captured the wickets of Charlie Dimond and James Hickey and went on to record 14 overs 4 for 50.
Jack Dimond batted confidently to reach 49 and Alfie Bunker displayed some expansive hitting to record 40 but Lodsworth simply ran out of time and were well behind at the close of play beaten by a team that played to its strength and gave nothing away.
Man of the Match – Alfie Bunker
Scribe Bob Powell