Lodsworth snatch Defeat from the jaws of Victory

Bosham CC v Lodsworth CC

May 27that Chichester

Bosham CC 201 for 6 (P Peterson 52, D Mclean 50 A Knight 35; Matt Hall 11 overs 2 for 53, Charlie Dimond 4 overs 1 for 22)
Lodsworth CC 192 all out (Jack Dimond 56, Matt Hall 55, Dave Clark 14; D Miller 8 overs 5 for 22, Burry 9 overs 4 for 35)
Lodsworth Lost

A late change of venue saw the game against Bosham CC switched to the Chichester RUFC ground near the Festival Theatre, where the match was played in blazing sunshine.
There was understandable frustration in the pub after the game as Lodsworth CC contrived “to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory”. Poised for their second win of the season, insipid batting by the middle and lower order negated the stirring efforts of their opening pair.
Bosham CC batted first and went off at a fine pace until reigned in by Matt Hall and Nick Bellion. The home team finally finished with 201 for 6 in two-and-a-half hours at the crease. Leading scorers for Bosham were P Peterson (52) and D Mclean (50) while Lodsworth’s best bowling figures came from skipper Matt Hall with 2 for 53. Other wickets were taken by Andy Long, Dave Clark and Charlie Dimond.
After tea Lodsworth CC started confidently with an opening partnership of 127 as Jack Dimond hit a superb 56 and Matt Hall an equally exuberant 55 against the quick bowlers. Dave Clark added 14 but thereafter it was all downhill. The middle order batsmen could not deal with the slower spin bowling of Burry (4 for 35) and D Miller (5 for 22) and the score crept along as wickets fell with alarming regularity. As expectations of passing the Bosham score receded there was brief hope that the tail enders would hold out for a draw but it was not to be and Lodsworth were all out for 192 with two overs remaining.

Man of the match Matt Hall

Bob Powell

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