19th June 2016 at Lodsworth
“ Great Scott, Loddy have a new flag”
Lodsworth 164 for 7(35 overs) (C.Scott 72, J.Waller 23, P.Phillips 23, W.Salaman 23)
Madehurst 165 for 3 (29 overs) (S.Dean 1-14, J.Hill 1-23, P.Phillips 1-30)
Lodsworth lost by 7 Wickets
Madehurst are most likely the best team that Lodsworth come up against and having lost by 122 runs in this fixture last year, this was a stark improvement by the home team.
Losing the toss once again, Lodsworth were inserted and quickly slipped to 37-4 but two partnerships in excess of fifty, the first between Chris Scott and the returning Will Salaman, followed by that between Chris Scott and the highly experienced(and perhaps more mellow these days), Paul Phillips, a score in excess of what had been expected was posted.
The new Lodsworth CC flag was hoisted during the innings and many thanks to Barry Phillips of Four Walls Wine Company for sponsoring and arranging.
Tea was taken in the grandeur of the main room at the village hall, a near disaster averted ,since the mini rolls had been forgotten about in the fridge, until just before the end of the interval.
Whilst the mini rolls were devoured, the drizzle started outside and both teams duly took to the field, Lodsworth to defend a decent total and Madehurst to attack and see it off before the rain properly set in.
A good return to the side from Jamie Hill was rewarded with a wicket, the bails flying halfway to the boundary. Sam Dean bowled three excellent overs and picked up his first wicket for Lodsworth. Finally, the old maestro with his flighty off spinners was unluckly not to pick up more than one wicket but Lodsworth’s fielding in the outer was up to its usual low standard. However, the ball was sodden by that stage.
The heavy rain came ten minutes too late and even the cuckoo was quiet but another enjoyable afternoon, with some old faces returning and a fine innings by Chris Scott, was rounded off by not only potatoes but also Yorkshire Puddings in The Hollist.
Man of the Match: Chris Scott