The Power of Tiger Balm

Lodsworth CC v Kirdford CC
May 19th 2013 at Lodsworth
 
Lodsworth CC 161 for 9 off 38 overs (James Hickey 51, Pat Cowell 52, Andy Long 19; J Roundtree 8 overs 5 wickets for 38 runs.
Kirdford CC 83 all out off 36 overs ( J Roundtree 45; Andy Long 13 overs 7 wickets for 14 runs, Matt Hall 5 overs 2 wickets for 24 runs.
 
The first home game of the season and Lodsworth welcomed the visiting team from the delightful village of Kirdford located six km northeast of Petworth. Lodsworth batted first on a warm sunny day and despite loosing an early wicket, James Hickey and Pat Cowell came together for a 100 –run partnership, both players notching 50 runs. With a quick flurry from Andy Long who scored 19 runs, Lodsworth ended on 161 for 9.
Joel Phillips played his second game for the club but did not get to partner his father who succumbed moments before Joel came to the crease. Kirdford bowler J Rowntree bowled well to take 5 wickets for 38 runs.
 
Andy Long’s customary dashing between the wickets had an adverse result as he pulled up with a back spasm and there were some doubts whether he would be able to bowl. But during the tea break Team Secretary John King looked in his Far-East travel bag and unearthed a jar of Tiger Balm. A quick application did wonders for Andy and he bowled extraordinarily well to record a career best 13 overs 7 wickets for 14 runs. Matt Hall contributed 5 overs 2 wickets for 24 runs and Kirdford were all out for 83, with the major contribution again coming from J Rowntree with 45 runs.
 
Andy Long’s joy knew no bounds as he bought a round of drinks in the Hollist (some say he bought two) and talked us through his technique. But we all knew the real reason for his success – it was the Power of Tiger Balm.
 
Bob Powell
Scribe

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