Sunset at Amberley

Amberley CC v Lodsworth CC
Sunday 28th July 2013
Amberley CC 161 for 8 off 35 overs (R Spires 35, M Lock 27 not out: Dave Clark 13 overs 5 for 33)
Lodsworth CC 80 all out (Paul Phillips 34, Bob Powell 18: M Lock 6 overs 4 for 11, C canter 6 overs 2 for 9, A Weldon-King 4 overs 2 for 14)
Lodsworth lost
A much changed Lodsworth team made its way to the picturesque village of Amberley, though I would not go as far as skipper Paul Phillips who described his 10-man contingent as a ‘a collection of boys and geriatrics’. Facing Amberley was somewhat daunting as they had not lost a game all season and their skipper had been 12th man for Sussex County CC against Australia at Hove just two day before.
Amberley batted first and were pinned down by Dave Clark and Matt Hall. DC produced his best bowling performance of the year with figures of 13 overs 5 for 33. There were five good catches from Powell (2) Phillips, Clark and Hickey.  Indeed, Lodsworth were in the driving seat until the 20th over when Amberley’s middle order asserted itself. DC removed the ‘Sussex 12th man’ with a magnificent ball that clipped the bails and at tea the home team had made 161 for eight, a score that was not beyond the Lodsworth batting lineup.
But it was not to be, Lodsworth’s top-order suffered a catastrophic collapse – the opening five batsmen were back in the pavilion with just 23 runs on the board. There were four ducks. Paul Phillips (34) managed to steady the ship and one of the ‘geriatrics’ Bob Powell, batting at No.11, hit three fours in an untypical innings of 18. Lodsworth finished on a half-respectable 80-all out, with Joel Phillips the not-out batsman
And so we retired to the Sportsman Inn with its delightful terrace overlooking the Arun Valley and the setting sun that gave it the atmosphere of a hillside village in Tuscany.
Man-of-the-Match Dave Clark
Scribe Bob Powell

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