Al gets the runs

Match Report v Ancient Mariners

19th July 2015 at Lodsworth

Ancient Mariners 221-7(35 overs) (F.Hodgson 68, J. Chesterman 46, M.Hall 2-30, T.Atkins 2-29)

Lodsworth 222-6 (34.4 overs) (A.Rix 70, T.Atkins 51, B.Corke 3-45)

Lodsworth won by 4 wickets

Wow, what a game which encapsulated all that is good about village cricket. Playing an extremely good natured touring team, Lodsworth fielded players with ages ranging from 9(Jamie Gough) to just over 70(Bob Powell).

On a hard, very dry wicket and outfield the visiting team batted first in this limited overs encounter, with aggression and in the knowledge that anything piercing the infield was likely to run away for four.  The bowling was a little wayward at times with the picks being Messrs Hall and Atkins. Jamie Hill bowled a good consistent six overs and there was a wicket each for Cruikshank senior and junior.

Requiring in excess of six an over the hosts lost the first two wickets for twenty-two runs but Rix and Atkins put on a fantastic partnership of eighty, Al Rix batting until close to the very end for an excellent 70. With seventy-nine needed off the last ten overs, fifteen year old Jamie Hill joined Al and blasted twenty-six runs to include two huge sixes. Henry Cruikshank, another fifteen year old, then came in and smashed twenty-four not out, at times walking down the wicket to the quick bowler and hitting over the top. The winning runs came with two balls to spare, concluding a fantastic match in the hot sunshine and played in wonderful spirits. Perhaps the biggest positive was the fifty runs at the end between Jamie and Henry, two young cricketers for the future. The man of the match could have gone to four or five players but the attacking yet steady innings of Al Rix deserves the award. Beer and roast potatoes in The Hollist followed, as is now becoming tradition!

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Man of the Match: Al Rix