Westbourne Overwhelmed

Lodsworth CC v Westbourne CC
May 5th 2013 at Westbourne
 
Lodsworth CC 160 all out (James Turner113, Sam Dean 12, Paul Phillips 7: Kehargus13 overs 7 wickets for 25 runs)
Westbourne CC 61all out (Topping 17, Patel 16: Andy Long 10 overs 3 for 13, Dave Clark 11 overs 2 for 22, Paul Phillips 7 overs 2 for 13, James Turner 2 overs 2 for 4)
 
And so to Westbourne on the border between Sussex and Hampshire, a village recorded in the Doomsday book of 1086. After a hesitant start Lodsworth CC overwhelmed Westbourne CC to give new skipper Paul Phillips a resounding start to his tenure. The wicket at Westbourne could best be described as an ‘early season track’ – soft and fickle. Winning the toss the skipper elected to bat but wickets fell like ninepins. With only a dozen runs on the board four batsmen were back in the pavilion and as one wag remarked “we should be in the pub by five”. 
 
But what a strange game cricket is for with the prospect of an early bath the game was suddenly turned on its head. Newcomer James Turner, sourced by Chairman Alan Thompson, began to dominate the bowling. With a series of huge sixes that cleared the fence surrounding the Westbourne village ground he unnerved the bowlers and caused the fielders to be moved out to the boundary.
 
James went on to score 113 in a Lodsworth total of 160. His partnership with Councilor Phillips put on 100. Another new face, Sam Dean contributed 12 before both teams retired to the quaint pavilion for tea. Westbourne’s Greek bowler Kerhargus was the star for the opposition with an impressive 7 wickets for 25 off 13 overs.
 
The unexpected shift in the balance of the game put a spring in the step of the Lodsworth bowlers who gave an impressive display of line and length. Andy Long bowled 10 overs and claimed 3 wickets for 13 runs and Dave Clark recorded 11 overs with 2 wickets for 22 runs. The skipper got in on the act, having switched from medium fast to spin bowling and took 2 wickets for 13 runs off 7 overs
 
No less impressive was the Lodsworth fielding with three catches by vice-captain Dave Clark, a neat (disputed) catch by septuagenarian wicket keeper Bob Powell and a superb one-handed catch by James Turner who also cleaned up the tail of the opposition with 2 wickets for 4 runs off 2 overs as Westbourne tumbled to a total of 61 all out. The Lodsworth team was in high spirits as they retired to the aptly named village pub, the Cricketer’s Arms.
 
Bob Powell
Scribe

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