Lodsworth CC v Bury & West Burton CC
15thJuly 2012 at Lodsworth
Bury & West Burton CC 131 (Lewis 34, Hares 34: Matt Hall 3 wickets for 16 runs, Paul Phillips 2 wickets for 39 runs)
Lodsworth CC 133 for 8 (William Salaman 35,Henry Rydon 18: Rowsell 2 for 22, Hares 2 for 24)
On a rare sunny day in Lodsworth, Bury & West Burton CC won the toss and decided to bat. Lodsworth CC fielded 3 debutants with Will Salaman, Henry Rydon and Ollie Hunter-Fox all playing their first games for Lodsworth.
Dave Clark and Tom Atkins opened the bowling, and Atkins made an early break through removing Rowsell caught behind by Lee Ayres. Clarke continued to toil without much luck, having beaten the bat and just missing the stumps. Lewis (34) regularly found the gaps and started to build a steady platform with Highlands for the visitors. A bowling change saw Paul Phillips and Matt Hall into the attack; though Phillips struggled with his line and length he soon had 2 wickets. Hall removed Lewis with a fabulous diving catch from Lee Coyne and bowled danger man Waller. Hares came to the crease and chanced his arm to make a quick 34 before he was caught behind by Ayres off Lee Coyne. Lodsworth managed to restrict the opposition to 131 all out.
After a fantastic tea, the Lodsworth openers Henry Rydon (18) and Dave Clarke (5) got off to a steady start before Clarke was bowled. Debutant Will Salaman (35) was next in, though he hadn’t played for several years he showed a lovely technique with some big hitting. Both Salaman and Rydon scored briskly to get the home team up to 74 for 2, before 3 quick wickets fell and this saw the introduction of young Ollie Hunter-Fox.
To the opposition’s consternation, Hunter-Fox showed he was no mug and scored 18 before he was bowled. With Lodsworth needing 20 runs, Rob Collins (8) and Lee Ayres (9) confidently reached the target with a lusty boundary shot each. Lodsworth triumphed with 6 overs to spare.
Man of the Match – Will Salaman.
Scribe Matt Hall