Lodsworth CC v Fittleworth CC
Sunday 4th August at Lodsworth
Lodsworth CC 181 for 6 (Finn Campbell 56, Dave Clarke 34 not out, Oliver King 24, Joe Waller 18: L Kitchener 7 overs 3 for 21)
Fittleworth CC 143 for 8 ( P Kitchener 56 not out, A Shepherd 10 not out: Dave Clarke 7 overs 3 for 29, Joe Waller 5 overs 2 for 23, Matt Hall 6 overs 2 for 10)
Lodsworth CC won
‘Energetic’ and ‘athletic’ are not adjectives normally connected with the proper noun Lodsworth CC, but both were much in evidence against Fittleworth.
Lodsworth batted first and a scintillating display by Finn Campbell (56) and a lively cameo by Joe Waller (18) got the home team off to a good start. A measured 34 not out from Dave Clarke and a solid 24 from Ollie King allowed Lodsworth to go in for tea on a comfortable score of 181 for 6. The youthful (and vociferous) Fittleworth skipper L Kitchener bowled 7 overs 3 for 21.
The older players would have welcomed an afternoon nap after a historic calorie-laden tea but Joe Waller’s very fast bowling quickly woke up the ‘keeper and adjacent slips as Fittleworth began the chase. Joe removed one of the Fittleworth openers with his third ball and finished on 5 overs 2 for 23, Dave Clarke continued his good form with 7 overs 3 for 29 and Matt Hall cleaned out the middle order with 6 overs 2 for 10.
P Kitchener, one of the remarkable family of cricket aficionados who form the backbone of the Fittleworth club refused to be uprooted and ended on 56 not out as the visitors held on to end on 143 for 8. Lodsworth’s fielding (dropped catches excepted) was excellent, with catches by Hall and Hickey, and for an outstandingly agile run out by Joe Waller.
Man of the Match Joe Waller
Scribe Bob Powell