LONG GRABS SIX

ParhamParkCCvLodsworthCC
AtParhamPark
2ndSeptember2012
LodsworthCC197for9(WillSalaman50,MattHall33,AndyLong25)
ParhamPark193for7(AndyLong18overs56runs6Wickets)
Match Drawn.
Onadark,damp&drearydaytheParhamParkskipperwonthetossandputLodsworthintobat.TheLodsworthteamstartedthegameasifitwasaTwenty20game,JamesHickeywasbowledwiththethirdball,DaveClarkehit23,HarryDimondquicklyhit21off8ballsandAndrewWilson-Smith15.Within8overs,Lodsworthhadmanagedtoaccumulate84runswiththelossof4wickets.MattHall(33)cametothecreasetosteadytheinningswithWillSalaman(50),andbothstoutlyputtogetherapartnershipof90runs.ParhamsclosefielderSmithremovedbothHall&Salamanwithtwostunningcatches.AndyLong(25)managedsomebigshotsbeforebeingcaughtbehindandLodsworthfinishedupwith197for9off34overs.
Withthevisibilitygettingworse,aquickteawasconsumedandLodsworthtooktothefield.BothParhamsopeningbatsmenplacedtheballsingapsandlookedforquicksinglesupsettingLodsworthsbowlingrhythm.SouthAfricanSmith(84)lookedanexcellentplayer,havinghitcenturiesinthepreviousweeksgames.Hequicklygotto50withoutofferinganychances.ItwasonlyAndyLong(56runsfor6Wickets)whocausedthehometeamanyproblems,beforehehadSmithcaughtatlongoffbyafantasticdivingcatchbyAndrewWilson-Smith.Wicketscontinuedtofallbuttheoppositionalwayslookedaheadofftherunrate.
Thematchcamedowntothelastoverofthegame,withthehometeamrequiring9runs.AndyLongbowledwithasteelydeterminationanditcamedowntothelastdelivery,withfiverunsneededforthewinorfourforthedraw.Theoppositionsplayerslookedanxiouslyonfromtheclubhouse,thelastdeliverywasbowledandParhamsbatsmantookaswipebutedgedtheballstraighttoLodsworthswicketkeeperJamesHickey.ParhamParkfinishedon193for7.
Man of the Match: Andy Long

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