22nd May 2016 at Lodsworth
“ Brexit- in or out?”
Graffham and Smithbrook 214 for 4(35 overs) (A.Long 2-22)
Lodsworth 130 All Out (29.4 overs) (W.Hannam 43, J.Buckman 40)
Lodsworth lost by 84 runs
After two victories to start the season, the tide turned for the home side and defeat against Graffham and Smithbrook , fielding five league players, was not a great surprise.
The visitors opted to bat first and Lodsworth were on top having taken the first three wickets for fifty runs. However, eight dropped catches, a plethora of huge sixes(two landing on the roof of the village hall) and some mixed bowling, resulted in a large total off just thirty-five overs. It was a long thirty-five overs with many bowling changes but ultimately there was no answer to the big hitting visitors.
The tea interval was a quiet affair for once and despite the standards of the cakes, sausage rolls, quiche and sandwiches being up to the usual impressive quality, there was little chance of the total being chased down.
In response only Will Hannam and James Buckman(on debut) showed any resolve and whilst the visitors bowling attack was not the best we come across, it was steady and too many batsman fell for low scores. One dubious umpiring decision didn’t help but Lodsworth gave it their all and fell well short.
Off to the Hollist we went, some tired bodies and a quick debate on Brexit!
Man of the Match: Will Hannam