Lodsworth CC v Ancient Mariners CC
Sunday 21st July at Lodsworth
Ancient Mariners CC 194 all out (F Hodson 46, L Methley 45: Matt Hall 10 overs 5 for 38, Andy Long 7 overs 2 for 37, Harry Dimond 2 overs 2 for 8)
Lodsworth CC 198 for 4 (Harry Dimond 96, James Hickey 57: W Westwood 8 overs 2 for 54, F Hodgson 8 overs 2 for 23)
Lodsworth welcomed the return of a number of a number of familiar faces – Oliver King, Alfie Bunker and Will Salaman were all playing their first game of the season in a strong Lodsworth crew press-ganged in to repel the raiding Mariners.
The Mariners batted first and Lodsworth laboured in the heat but gradually chipped away at the visitors who, with the benefit of a very fast outfield, finished on 194 all out after 35 overs. Matt Hall was in scintillating form taking 5 wickets for 38 runs off 10 overs. Harry Dimond put in a cameo performance with 2 wickets for 8 runs in 2 overs and Andy Long got in on the act with 2 for 37. Five good catches were held by Long, Clarke, Bunker, Salaman and Dimond.
After tea, Losworth also benefited from the quick outfield and Harry Dimond batted imperiously to record 96 runs, while James Hickey (56) scored his fifth half century of the season as Lodworth reached 198 for the loss of five wickets.
This was arguably Lodsworth’s most satisfying game of the season, played in a good spirit and closely fought with the home team emerging victorious with just nine balls remaining.
Man of the Match Harry Dimond and Matt Hall
Scribe Bob Powell