The Right Spirit

Goodwood CC v Lodworth CC

Sunday 11th September 2011 at Goodwood Park

Goodwood CC 163 for 7 off 40 overs (J Clifton 62, A Clifton 23: Paul Phillips 8 overs 2 for 16, Jack Dimond 4 overs 2 for 12, Andy Long 8 overs 1 for 27)

Lodsworth CC 128 for 9 (D Clarke 59, Jack Dimond 18; R Carver 5 overs 4 for 15, M Beard 8 overs 2 for 17, C Patel 5 overs 2 for 26)

Lodsworth Lost

Lodsworth were hard pushed to put out a team for this game and played for the first two hours with just nine players. With so many gaps in the field it was a creditable performance to restrict the home team to 163 off 40 overs. Paul Phillips had a good day with the ball taking 2 wickets for 16 runs and also taking two brilliant catches on the long on boundary. Jack Dimond also bowled well and took 2 for 12 in 4 overs.

The Goodwood cricket ground is in a magnificent parkland setting – directly in front of Goodwood House with the flag of the Duke of Richmond flying at the mast. The ground has a quintessential village pavilion with a thatched roof and a proper scoring box accessed from the verandah.

The quality of the teas matched the grandeur of the setting but showing no sign of being overawed Dave Clark and Jack Dimond began to establish a firm base for Lodsworth before Jack departed leaving the score was 61 for 2. The middle-order then simply imploded with Alfie Bunker, Al Rix, Paul Phillips and Andy Long all sent back to the pavilion for very few runs. The tail end of Fergus Cruikshank, Pete Long and Bob Powell wagged briefly wagged but at 128 for 9 Lodsworth were all out.

Despite the loss this was a pleasantly competitive game played against a team of gentlemen who play cricket in the ‘right spirit’.

Man-of-the-Match Dave Clarke

Scribe Bob Powell

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