Sunday 25th September at Lodsworth
The Cricket Society 109 for 7 off 41 overs (A Gale 52, D Chapman 24: Andy Long 11 overs 3 wickets for 9 runs, Dave Clarke 9 overs 2 for 23, Nick Bellion 5 overs 1 for 31).
Lodsworth CC 84 for 9 off 38 over (Richard Gough 35, Dave Clarke 23)
With the skipper on vacation, Jack and Harry Dimond at Leeds and Southampton Universities respectively and other players working, a mixed assortment of players gathered, under the captaincy of Councilor Paul Phillips to host our last game of the season against The Cricket Society (aka The Society of Cricket Statisticians). We were fortunate to be able to call on the Midhurst 2nd XI skipper Richard Gough, Finn Campbell was down from Marlborough College for the weekend and Nick Bellion had just returned from a skiing course in New Zealand.
The Lodsworth team bowled very well and with some sharp fielding restricted the visitors to just 109 for 7 in two and a half hours of play. Andy Long shortened the odds on him winning the bowling trophy with 11 overs 3 for 9 and Dave Clark delivered 9 aggressive overs, taking 2 for 32. Bob Powell took two catches and a stumping and Paul Phillips and Richard Gough caught one each.
The game started at 12.30 and tea was taken so early that the ladies were caught on the hop and the kettle hadn’t boiled, but this was compensated for by some excellent iced carrot cake!
The late cry off of one of the Lodsworth batsmen, stranded, he said, in Lyme Regis, necessitated the last-minute call up of 11-year old Henry Cruikshank who opened the innings for Lodsworth along with his dad, Fergus. Henry played well against a quick bowler and is one to watch for the future.
Otherwise the team did not perform well with the bat and only Richard Gough (35) and Dave Clarke (23) were able to master the Cricket Society variety of pace and spin. Teetering on defeat at 86 for 9 and with 5 overs to go Bob Powell joined Pete Long. Leaving their Zimmer frames on the boundary the two pensioners batted on to score 0 not out and 0 not out respectively, thus effectively securing a draw.
Great fun and a good end to Lodsworth’s best season in a decade. For the record the village team have played 17, won 10, drawn 3 and lost 4.
Man of the match Bob Powell (by vote of the opposition)
Scribe Bob Powell