A Fractious Encounter

Lodsworth CC v Walberton CC
August 26th2012 at Lodsworth
Lodsworth CC 173 for 5 (Will Salaman 47 not out, Dave Clark 42, Finn Campbell 23, Andy Long 21 not out; B Kemp 8 overs 3 for 34)
Walberton CC 156 for 5 (C Winter 46, J Bish 50; Matt Hall 9 overs 2 for 29, Andy Long 9 over 3 for 39)
Match drawn
One myth that should be reappraised is that Sunday cricket is by definition ‘friendly’. It can be, but frequently it is just as intense and fractious as its League counterpart. We want to win … not at all costs … but there is a residual glow after a successful encounter and a feeling of dismay when we loose particularly as a result of questionable umpiring decisions. Umpiring in village cricket is always going to be imperfect and in the ‘spirit of the game’ we should accept the officials’ decisions, but sometimes it takes a great effort not to retort. The two areas that cause the most friction are the LBW and the ‘caught behind’ and so it proved in the game against Walberton where a degree of acrimony crept into the game.
Lodsworth batted first and put up a gritty performance. Matt Hall was out LBW to a dubious decision but Dave Clark steadily compiled 42 runs and Will Salaman stroked some elegant boundary shots as he amassed 47 not out. Finn Campbell looked good and quickly put on 23 before being deceived by a ball that kicked up to head height ball and he was caught at slip. Andy Long showed some of his old fire with a quick 21 not out and Lodsworth went in for tea with 173 for 5. There were steady performances by Fergus Cruikshank and Rob Collins while B Kemp was the pick of the opposition bowlers with 8 overs 3 for 34.
After a feast from Jill King and Vikki Braithwaite and a special treat with magnificent cakes from Teggy Phillips, Walberton took the field. C Winter (46) and J Bish (50) showed some cultured batting but following successive confident appeals for LBW and a ‘bouncer’ by Finn Campbell, harsh words were exchanged between umpires, batsmen, bowler and fielders and one umpire left the field in high dudgeon.
Gradually Lodsworth gained the ascendency… Matt Hall bowled 9 overs 2 for 29 and Andy Long 9 overs 3 for 39. Will Salaman took two excellent catches and Andy Long also took two, while Lodsworth pressured the batsmen. By the close of play Walberton had scored 156 for 5, the match was declared a draw and differences of opinion were settled, as they should be, without malice, at the Holist Arms.
Man of the Match – Will Salaman
Scribe – Bob Powell

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