7th June 2015 at Lodsworth
Lodsworth 87 All out(28 overs) R.Gough 31, Fraser 6-22
Parham 90 for 3 (28 overs) Trott 39 not out, P.Phillips 2-29
Lodsworth lost by 7 wickets
Losing the toss yet again(desperately in need of a double headed coin) and opting for Sussex rules, Lodsworth were inserted and only Richard Gough played with any fluency against a decent attack, which in truth only contained three bowlers but that proved enough for a flurry of mistakes by the home team. An early finish to the innings brought about an extended tea break with all the delights of homemade cake and sandwiches and a rather quiet home table! Chris Scott was welcomed back after an eleven year absence and a gritty innings of 8 was the third highest score.
With the sun shining and a lack of bowling options, Andy Long and Matt Hall toiled away for 21 overs for just 35 runs, at the end of which Long decided to test out the comfort of the extremely overgrown grass bank by diving in head first- quite a strange ritual for a Sunday afternoon!. With a sniff of a chance for Loddy, Trott came in and proved that size does matter with the biggest bat ever seen in village cricket, smacking five sixes in a quick innings which finished the match. Johnathan Gough had him dropped with his first ball in village cricket but it wasn’t easy. With the match over and the promise of roasties in The Hollist, the first defeat of the season was taken in good spirits and a friendly couple of pints concluded an enjoyable but frustrating afternoon in the sun.
Man of the Match: Richard Gough