Graffham v Lodsworth
Sunday 1stJuly 2012 at Graffham
Graffham 127 for 9 (40 Overs – Filby 27 & Atkinson 33: Paul Phillips 3 for 13, Andy Long 3 for 27, Matt Hall 2 for 7)
Lodsworth 128 for 3 (26 Overs- Andrew Wilson-Smith 63 not out & Lee Coyne 54; Barrett 2 for 16)
On a damp wet track Lodsworth played local rivals Graffham. Lodsworth won the toss and placed the home team into bat. Dave Clark and Andy Long (3 wkts for 27 runs) opened with some tight bowling before Long removed the opposition captain for a duck. With the bowlers limited to a maximum of 8 overs, Paul Phillips (3 wkts for 13) replaced Long to bowl his off breaks. Phillips successfully struck in his first over, when Lodsworth debutant 16-year-old Lee Coyne took a brilliant catch to remove J Pink (2).
Lodsworth were able to keep Graffham on a tight reign with a brilliant fielding display especially from Robin Collins. James Hickey playing his first game of the year took a nice catch, before he duly followed up with the running out of Creed. It was only Filby (27) and Atkinson (33) who took the offence to Lodsworth with some lusty boundaries. It proved to be all too late as Hall (2 wkts for 7 runs) took the wicket of Atkinson and Graffham finished with 127 for 9 off 40 overs.
After tea, Lodsworth made the worse possible start, when both openers Matt Hall (2) and James Hickey (2) were bowled in the 3rdand 4thover respectively. It appeared things weren’t getting any better when Harry Dimond (1) was bowled by Pink taking Lodsworth to 20 for the loss of 3 wickets.
This brought together Andrew Wilson-Smith, playing his first game of the year and Lee Coyne the Lodsworth debutant. Wilson-Smith started by gifting an easy catch to a Graffham fielder who duly dropped it. This proved to be a costly error as Wilson-Smith (63 not out) demonstrated his eye for a ball by demolishing the Graffham bowling attack with some extra long sixes into the adjoining field. Coyne (54 not out) started off nervously but once settled, played some glorious cover drives and boundary shots. With a partnership of 108, both Wilson-Smith & Coyne made quick work of the required 127 and achieved it in 26 overs.
Man of the Match – Joint Award: Andrew Wilson-Smith & Lee Coyne
Scribe Matt Hall