Tangmere CC v Lodsworth CC
June 16th 2013 at Tangmere
Lodsworth CC 191 for 5 off 35 overs (James Hickey 51retired not out, Pat Cowell 32, Matt Hall 32, Dave Clark 29 not out: Oakley 7 overs 2 wickets for 30 runs)
Tangmere CC 51 all out (Pat Cowell 3 overs 3 wickets for 1 run, Finn Campbell 3 overs 2 wickets for 10 runs)
The fragile state of village cricket in 2013 was again underlined by the fact that Lodsworth CC arrived at Tangmere with a strong team to find the home team with just seven players. Skipper Paul Phillips had thoughtfully brought along 13 players including his son Joel and another schoolboy Harry Beechcroft- Kay and they were delighted to be offered a game albeit for the opposition. Rob Collins also agreed to play for Tangmere and so a game was concocted with numerically equal sides.
Lodsworth batted first and James Hickey was again the star, scoring fifty for the fourth consecutive week before retiring. Pat Cowell and Matt Hall both put 32 on the board and Dave Clark steadily amassed 29 not out as Lodsworth finished on 191 for 5 off the allotted 35 overs.
When play resumed after tea Finn Campbell bowled at a fearsome pace to take 2 wickets for 10 runs off 3 overs. Finn has quickened his delivery considerably since 2012 and your scribe’s position as wicket keeper has become a ‘dangerous occupation’. Tangmere put on a game performance but were overwhelmed by the speed and variation of the Lodsworth attack exemplified by Pat Cowell who bowled 3 overs and took 3 wickets for 1 run.
The old Douglas Bader Arms in Tangmere has been converted to a Cooperative Store so the team moved north of the A27 to the Anglesey Arms at Halnaker for a convivial post-match pint. Thanks to Tangmere for a friendly game.
Man of the Match Pat Cowell