1st May 2016 at Lodsworth
Waller way to start the season
Lodsworth 185 for 9(35 overs) (J.Waller 36, F.Cruikshank 29, Haings 5-14)
Westbourne 147 All out (33.3 overs) (A.Long 2-16 P.Phillips 2-28, J.Phillips 1-2, J.Waller 5 catches)
Lodsworth won by 38 runs
With winter nearly over, the first day of May saw the start of the summer season and after the hail and rain of the week leading up to the match, a pitch of unknown quantities was provided by the hard working groundsman and his staff.
Losing the toss, Lodsworth were put in to bat in this limited overs fixture. A strong start from Hall and Waller had the hosts hurtling along at ten runs per over for the first four overs, However, the visitors eventually realised that good old fashioned village cricket pie bowling was the way to bowl on this wicket. Most batsmen contributed to the final score and debutants Will Hannam and Lee Mulcahy both spent time at the crease.
Following the first home made tea of the season and no immediate signs of food poisoning , Loddy took to the field confident of defending this one. Wickets were taken regularly but there was some obdurate batting from the visitors, never really threatening to chase down the runs. Some tidy bowling saw the wickets shared around but some sensational fielding by Joe Waller, with five catches, put others to shame.
The final batsman snared with nine balls remaining, fingers and noses turning purple with the cold, cuckoos warming up nearby, both teams headed to The Hollist for some roast potatoes and beer.
Man of the Match: Joe Waller