West Chiltington CC v Lodsworth CC
Sunday 18th August at West Chiltington
West Chiltington 257 for 6 (T Chambers 103 rtd, J Elliott 59, B Hasler 37; Matt Hall 7 overs 2 for 48, Finn Campbell 7 overs 1 for 39)
Lodsworth CC 224 for 6 (T Munday 56, James Hickey 51, Joe Waller 36, Paul Phillips 17 not out: G Beeves 3 overs 2 for 9, C Davies 7 overs 2 for 25)
A Lodsworth team denuded by last-minute withdrawals turned up at West Chiltington with just 9 men. A tough team to beat with a full compliment it was a huge task to plug all the gaps in the field as the home batsmen bludgeoned their way to a total of 257 for 6 off 35 overs. T Chambers celebrated his A-Level results that earned him a place at UCL to read Medicine, with a commanding 103 runs before retiring. The Lodsworth fast bowlers Joe Waller and Finn Campbell tried their utmost but it was Matt Hall who took 2 wickets for 48 and also steered a return ball onto the wicket for a clever run out of a non-striker. Lodsworth were sportingly loaned a player – the veteran T Munday towards the end of the innings while Rob Collins made some remarkable stops in the field.
After yet another historic tea Lodsworth CC set off at a gallop with 16 scored off the first over. Indeed, until the 20th over Lodsworth were ahead of the strike rate but at a heavy attritional cost for Joe Waller was back in the pavilion with 36 runs while Finn Campbell and Ed Marland were sent back cheaply. It fell to James Hickey (51- his sixth half-century of the season) and T Munday (56) to raise hopes of an unlikely victory but with their departure the run rate slowed. The innings drifted to a conclusion with Lodsworth on a credible 224 for 6, but rueing the lack of two key bowlers at the outset.
Man of the Match Rob Collins
Scribe Bob Powell