A Batting Track

Worthing CC Sunday XI v Lodsworth CC
June 2nd at Worthing
 
Lodsworth CC 207 for 6 off 35 overs (James Hickey 74, Richard Gough 60, Andy Long 22 not out: D Leader-Lyle 2 for 44, D Smart 2 for 31).
Worthing CC Sunday Xl 209 for 3 off 33.1 overs (T Lund 120 not out, L Crathern 53; Richard Gough 1 for 16).
Lodsworth Lost
 
Assembling a team of twenty-two individuals for a friendly game of cricket on Sunday afternoon has never been easy but the problems seem to have become serious. In the space of six weeks, three of Lodsworth’s opponents namely Milland, Bosham and Lynchmere have ‘cried off’, citing the difficulty of raising a team. For fixture secretary John King it has been a nightmare and on Friday May 31st following the withdrawal of Lynchmere, he spent four hours on the phone scouring the county for an alternative opponent, finally locating Worthing CC’s Sunday XI for a 35-overs game.
 
The ground at Worthing hosted County games in its heyday and has a slightly rundown but surprisingly elegant Art Deco pavilion, with an octagonal clock dating from the 1930s. The Worthing 1st Xl play in the Sussex Premier League and Imran Khan once played for the club. Another game was in progress when we arrived – Sussex County Academy against a strong Worthing XI.
 
Lodsworth were shunted on to the adjoining pitch which had a wicket that was as hard as concrete with very little grass and a fast outfield– a batting track it seemed and so it proved to be. Lodsworth won the toss and elected to bat first. Matt Hall went early with an unfortunate run out and Pat Cowell too, but James Hickey survived a couple of dropped catches to hit 74 and together with Richard Gough (60) took the score to 152 for 3. Andy Long had a brief flurry at the crease to score 22 not out , including two mighty sixes and Lodsworth went in for tea with 207 for 6 on the board off 35 over.
 
And what a tea – a magnificent spread. But while the Lodsworth team tucked in, well satisfied with their score, the local pundits suggested anything less than 220 would be insufficient and it proved to be the case. The Worthing opening batsman L Crathern score 53 and the No.3 and skipper T Lund an undefeated 120 not out as the home team passed the Lodsworth total with 11 balls to spare. All the Lodsworth bowlers were punished with just one wicket each for Pat Cowell, Paul Phillips and Richard Gough.
 
But against new, and sporting, opponents it was a good game and Lodsworth could be well pleased with their resilience.
 
Man of the Match – James Hickey
 
 
Bob Powell
Scribe

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