A Stormy End

Goodwood CC v Lodsworth CC
Sunday 15th September 15th at Goodwood
20/20 overs
Match Abandoned
And so to the final game of the season now established as a visit to Goodwood House to play the estate team on the Duke of Richmond’s ground. The game coincided with the Goodwood Revival weekend and the sound of racing cars and vintage aircraft provided a dramatic background accompaniment.
The grey overcast skies looked ominous and the captains agreed to play the short 20/20 form of the game. Lodsworth batted first and a powerful second wicket partnership between Graham Braithwaite (78) and Richard Gough (34) gave the visitors a strong platform of 139 for 6 to defend. Willman took 3 wickets off 4 overs
A quick turn around was called for in an effort to beat the gathering storm. The urgency communicated itself to the players and Andy Long bowled 4 overs and took two quick wickets for 25 runs before Richard Gough completed a stunning  run out with a direct hit  from the boundary and Bob Powell nipped around the stumps to dismiss a fourth batsman.
Goodwood were on the ropes with 64 for 4 off 12 overs and Lodsworth were poised for a very close finish but then … the heavens opened. The rain came down like stair rods {as my grandmother would say) and both teams dashed for cover. Sadly the torrential downpour did not let up and after a pleasant tea with fresh strawberries the Duke’s men ‘ran down their colours’ and the game was abandoned. As the scribe was driving home the Shipping Forecast announced a Force 7 gale in the English Channel.
Man of (another abandoned) match – Graham Braithwaite
Scribe Bob Powell

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