If only there were 11

Match Report v Slindon

6th September  2015 at Lodsworth

Slindon 151 for 8(35 overs) (Fuente 90, F.Campbell 2-24, M. Hall 2-32, B.Cooper 2-36)

Lodsworth 147 All out (34.4 overs) (E.Marland 79, P.Phillips 19)

A new fixture for the club, played on a beautiful late summers day, the visitors won the toss and opted to bat first on a wicket which appeared dry but proved to be slow due to the amount of rain over the previous weeks.

Starting with just ten players, Lodsworth were quickly down to nine with an early injury. Slindon kindly offered a substitute but the hosts were up against it from the start. Ed Marland donned the wicket keeping gloves and did a great job bar one comedy moment which resulted in a dropped catch and the stumps being flattened. Every bowler took a wicket and Ben Cooper opened up and improves with every game.  Finn Campbell took four catches and 151 was a reasonable score to chase.

In response Lodsworth’s openers didn’t hang around, quickly slumping to 30-5. Only an excellent innings by Ed, ably supported by Paul Phillips, gave the hosts a sniff. With ten overs remaining, the required rate was around four an over but Slindon had a couple of league bowlers available and it was left to the hobbling Andy Long to try and win it. One whack for four was just one whack short but a fantastic game with the common feeling that this was the best and most friendly game of the season. Next year we will field eleven fit players and hopefully turn the result around.

Lodsworth lost by 4 runs

Man of the Match: Ed Marland