Finn’s First Century

Fernhurst CC v Lodsworth CC
Sunday 11th August at Fernhurst
Lodsworth CC 222 for 5 (Finn Campbell 100 rtd, Lydon Gibbons 71rtd, Dave Clarke 18 not out: Melrose 7 overs 3 for 36)
Fernhurst CC 121 for 8 (Bristow 37, Vass 22, Tyler 17: Andy Long 7 overs 3 for 35, Matt Hall 5 overs 2 for 17, Dave Clark 7 overs 2 for 30)
Lodsworth won
Fernhurst CC have made remarkable improvements to their ground since I last visited with a much enhanced football field and a fully enclosed cricket net with a bowling machine. Winning the toss, the skipper decided Lodsworth should bat first.
With Graham Braithwaite now playing most of his cricket with Kew CC in the Thames Valley League and both Tom Atkins and Harry Dimond displaying their skills with Midhurst CC in the Hampshire League, Lodworth CC have been fortunate to find a richly talented successor in Finn Campbell who notched scored his maiden century.
The Marlborough College schoolboy hit a chanceless 100 before retiring. Lodworth’s batting lineup was also bolstered by Paul Phillip’s cousin, Lydon Gibbons, who was visiting from Queensland, Australia, and was keen to have a run out with the village team. He too hit a lusty 71 before retiring and although loosing the wickets of Hickey, Hall, Long, Phillips and Marland, Lodsworth went in for tea with a comfortable 222 for 5
Another magnificent spread ensued, with the third day of the 4th England v Australia test on the TV, before Fernhurst set off in pursuit of the runs. A spirited opening by Bristow (37) was nipped in the bud by Andy Long (7 overs 3 for 35), Dave Clarke (7 overs 2 for 30) and Matt Hall (5 overs 2 for 17). Andy Long made one brilliant run out and two catches on the boundary by Lydon Gibbons were noteworthy.
The Fernhurst tail wagged until the 35th over with two talented youngsters – Vass (22) and Tyler (17) resisting everything the Lodsworth bowlers could throw at them as Fernhurst nudged to 121 for 8. The new cricket net at Fernhurst  is obviously proving its worth.
Man of the match Finn Campbell
Scribe Bob Powell
Footnote: Interestingly, three of the top ten batsmen in the Midhurst CC 2013 1st XI squad – Tom Atkins, Richard Gough and Graham Braithwaite are Lodsworth residents. Tom Atkins captains the Midhurst 1st XI.  Mention must also be made of Henry Cruikshank who is turning in some good performance’s for the Midhurst U14 Xl

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