Playing on Putty

Graffham CC v Lodsworth CC
July 1st 2013 at Graffham
40-over game
Graffham CC 209 for 6 off 40 overs
Lodsworth CC 85 all out
Lodsworth lost
Sunday cricket players are often varied in ability and by availability.  Conditions and opposition strength are similarly varied.  So while variety maybe the spice of life it doesn’t make life easy for a cricket captain when finding an appropriate team. A mixed-ability 10 Lodsworth players turned out at Graffham to change in a pavilion, currently enjoying quite a facelift. It appeared everybody in the village was out to benefit from the beautiful weather with tennis, youngster’s football and bowls all being enjoyed on the village green.
Having lost the toss with Graffham electing for a 40-over game, Lodsworth found themselves fielding first.  The nicely trimmed grass on the fast outfield belied a wicket apparently made of bumpy putty.  Graffham were off with a solid, if slow start, old hands Barrett (36) and Danby (20) followed by Josh Cowell (23)…a defector from the Lodsworth squad. A sharp run out by Finn Campbell sent B Creed to the pavilion without a score…we were thinking we were on top but a fine inning by captain Stevens (76) and Lewis (33) and the home team amassed 209 by tea. Only Matt Hall with 3 wickets for 46 runs and Fergus Cruikshank 2 for 12 made any impression for the visitors.
Dave Clarke (17) and Fergus Cruikshank (12) opened a positive response with Finn Campbell adding a further 21 but from there it went badly downhill; Andy Long and Paul Phillips were returned with ducks by a stunning spell from Lewis (4 wickets for 6 runs.)  It was left to young Alfie Couson and Tom Creed to bowl at Joel Phillips and Matt Hall, who guided a pea roller onto his stumps. Not a pretty performance, but a lovely afternoon and a joy for the skipper to see Joel Phillips score his first 2 runs for Lodsworth.
Man of the Match: Fergus Cruickshank
Scribe Paul Phillips

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