Lodsworth CC v Loxwood CC
9th June at Lodsworth
Lodsworth CC 210 for 7 in 40 overs (James Hickey 58, Harry Dimond 52, Graham Braithwaite 39, Matt Hall 35; O Melcio 8 over 4 for 26)
Loxwood CC 199 for 9 off 40 overs (O. Melcio 62, Jones 34, A Dudman 32: Dave Clark 8 overs 3 for 36, Graham Braithwaite 4 overs 2 for 20)
The Lodsworth line-up had a fresh-face with the return of a couple of graduates from their university studies. Harry Dimond is back from Leeds, Tom Atkins from Newcastle and they joined Graham Braithwaite who has been back over a year from Cardiff.
Paul Phillips won the toss and elected to bat. Openers Harry Dimond and Graham Braithwaite looked assured and steadily forged a good opening partnership before Graham (39) played on. James Hickey came to the crease at No.4 and for the third week in succession scored a half century (58). Harry Dimond (52) also passed the fifty mark and with a contribution of 35 from Matt Hall, Lodsworth went in for tea with 210 runs on the board for the loss of 7 wickets. Oliver Melcio was the star bowler for Loxwood with 4 for 26 but Lodsworth were aided by a multitude of dropped catches.
The tea reached new standards of excellence with contributions from Jill King, Teggy Phillips, Victoria Braithwaite and Zena Powell.
Back on the pitch Lodsworth struck quickly – the dismissal of one of the Loxwood openers coming from an excellent catch off the third ball by village newcomer Ed Marland. But the result of the game was always in doubt as Loxwood batsmen O Melcio (62), Jones (34) and A Dudman (32) pushed the score along and looked capable of passing Lodsworth. Yet the home team prevailed with the visitors falling 12 runs short at the close of play. Dave Clark took 3 for 36 and Graham Braithwaite 2 for 20 as Lodsworth recorded their third win from four games.
Man of the Match – Graham Braithwaite