29th May 2016 at Lynchmere
“ Fun in the sun”
Lynchmere 169 for 9(40 overs) (W.Hannam 3-22, A.Long 3-45, F.Cruikshank 2-16)
Lodsworth 137 All out (28 overs) (W.Hannam 48, Jake Taylor 33, J.Buckman 26)
Lodsworth lost by 32 runs
The first away fixture of the season and a good old fashioned timed match, Lodsworth came within five overs of a draw but the aim was to go for the win and this is perhaps a good example as to why Lodsworth play limited overs cricket at home. Had Lynchmere between restricted to 35 overs then it could have been a very different outcome.
Losing the toss yet again, on a bright sunny day and a plethora of local rules including trees, fences and car tracks, Lodsworth were grateful to receive fielders on loan at certain stages of the innings( due to late and non-arrivals). Two batsman got in for the home side and made fifties but Lodsworth fought hard and a marathon spell of 14 overs from Andy Long was rewarded with three wickets. Will Hannam again weighed in with three and the skipper had his first bowl of the season and picked up a couple. Josh Taylor and Jake Taylor(not related) both bowled a few overs, Jake impressively taking one for ten in five overs. Chris Scott donned the gloves and just four byes were conceded.
To chase down 170 was always going to be difficult with ten batsman but fine contributions from Will Hannam, James Buckman and 14 year old Jake Taylor, kept Lodsworth in the hunt. Sadly wickets tumbled towards the end with Lodsworth continuing to be positive and going for the runs. Andy Long, clearly worn out from the marathon bowling stint, was the final batsman to be out, for a golden duck, to keep the duck trophy very much alive.
It has to be said that this was a very enjoyable game of cricket and against a very sporting and jovial Lynchmere side.
Man of the Match: Jake Taylor