Lodsworth CC v Lavant CC
Lavant CC 81 all out (C Sands 30, M Stevans 22: Harry Dimond 7 overs 3 for 8 runs, Paul Phillips 5 overs 3 for 27, Andy Long 2 overs 2 for 9 Rob Collins 2 balls 1wicket for no runs)
Lodsworth CC 86 for 4 (Paul Phillips 19 not out, Dave Clarke 17 not out, Al Rix 18, Matt Hall 17: P Walmsley 7 overs 3 for 33)
Lavant CC was expected to be a very strong opponent but on the day Lodsworth proved superior. Skipper Paul Phillips started with a sustained barrage of very fast bowling from Finn Campbell and not-so-fast from Dave Clark. Neither claimed a wicket but they restricted Lavant to just 20 runs from the first 10 overs. Harry Dimond enjoyed more success and took 3 wickets for just 8 runs from 7 overs. Paul Phillips accounted for another three batsmen for 27 runs off 5 overs and Andy Long, bowling in the unaccustomed slot of fifth bowler, weighed in with 2 wickets for 9 runs off 2 overs.
A swift run out by Alistair Rix, fresh from his South American odyssey, a stumping by Bob Powell and smart catches by Harry Dimond, Finn Campbell, Paul Phillips and Dave Clark completed the rout of the visitors who went in for tea with just 81 runs on the board. C Sands (30) was the best of the visiting batsmen.
Councillor Phillips shuffled the batting order sending in Al Rix with Matt Hall to open while holding the ‘big guns’ – Graham Braithwaite, Harry Dimond and Finn Campbell in reserve. The opening pair acquitted themselves well with scores of Hall (17) and Rix (18) before Paul Phillips (19 not out) and Dave Clarke (17 not out) finished the job. Paul hit one huge six over the pavilion roof. Andy Long moved up the batting order but achieved the dubious distinction of six ‘ducks’ in a season – possibly a record for any Lodsworth player. That said, Andy is worth his weight in gold, as a bowler.
The standard of Lodsworth cricket teas continues to excel – the prawn sandwiches and carrot cake reaching new heights. And the après-match roast pommes de terre and entertainment by the pianist at the Hollist Arms was a splendid Bank Holiday treat. Merci beaucoup Serge.
Man of the match Paul Phillips
Scribe Bob Powell