Lodsworth tested

Lodsworth CC v Tangmere CC
17thJune 2012 at Lodsworth
Tangmere CC 219 for 4 declared (J Bain 113, J Stannard 55; Dave Clarke 9.2 overs 2 for 54)
Lodsworth 97 for 9 (Dave Clarke 45, Fergus Cruikshank 33; M Short 10.4 overs 3 for 37, Parris 5 overs 2 for 12)
Lodsworth lost
Given the strength of the Lodsworth batting lineup that included Richard Gough and Graham Braithwaite, this was a frustrating result … Lodsworth was simply overwhelmed.
Tangmere CC batted first and were rarely troubled by the Lodsworth bowlers who relied mainly on aggressive medium pace. J Bain, one of the Tangmere openers, soon mastered this and scored a chanceless century before falling to a well taken caught and bowled by Dave Clarke. The outfield at the Recreation Ground was fast and Tangmere used it to advantage scoring 219 for 4 before declaring, to sample an excellent early tea, prepared by Jill King and Zena Davies.
The Lodsworth batsmen failed to achieve the same mastery of the bowling, indeed the lack of a spinner or leg-break bowler in the home team’s repertoire was soon highlighted as Tangmere threw in a variety of slow seam bowlers who moved the ball in an alarming fashion. Only Dave Clarke (45) and Fergus Cruikshank (33) managed to survive the onslaught (the latter with a number of delicate sweep shots) as the rest of the village team collapsed to a final score of 97 for 9 (the last Lodsworth batsman having left early to complete his GCSE homework)…
Man of the Match Dave Clark
Scribe Bob Powell

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