Thank Heaven For Brother Marland.

LCC V. Madehurst @ home

Sussex Rules.

Lodsworth 119 all out ; Madehurst 91 for 9. Match drawn.

After our unsuccessful start to the season the team sheet was in need of some reinforcement. Draughting in Joe Waller our occasional fast bowler from Bury. There was also another mysterious addition billed as ‘Brother Marland’.

Having chosen a timed game, in the hope of possibly rescuing a draw if needed against this strong opposition, I then lost the toss (ie their advantage) and we were put into bat on a lively and inconsistent wicket, the worst for many years. With even full length balls whipping past our ears and only Hickey (13) and Cruikshank (14) making any impression, we collapsed to 50 for 7. However to the crease came Ed Marland’s brother Dave, who far from being a monk, came along with his lovely Spanish fiancée. His quick fire half century added some respectability and we were all out half an hour before tea.

The subtleties of the rules mean Madehurst could use our remaining time to bat. Long (22 for 2 from 14) and Clarke.23 for 1 from 11) bowled well and a sharp run out from Ed kept the visitors on a tight lease. After tea, Joe Waller (27 for 3 from 9) took apart the middle order and Madehurst were left with a long time to bat out. A tenacious 25 from R Smith, eventually trapped in front by Long, left Madehurst with 2 overs and a shaky last pair. There were several appeals and much Ohh-ing and Ahhh-ing but they limped home to save the draw.

MOTM. Dave Marland