17th July 2016 at Lodsworth
The tide turned after a bright start
Ancient Mariners 165 for 7 (35 overs) (W.Westwood 87 M.Hall 3-21, S.Dean 2-11)
Lodsworth 114 All Out (28 overs) (F.Cruikshank 23, A. Long 21 not out, G.Spicer 6-19)
Lodsworth lost by 41 Runs
On a hot, humid afternoon, a fixture against this extremely good natured touring side was all set to start at 2pm but there was just one thing missing- the visitors!
One by one they eventually turned up but with three missing somewhere between Wales and Lodsworth, a contrived toss took place and Lodsworth agreed to field first in order to allow the Ancient Mariners to navigate their way in to the West Sussex countryside. Lodsworth too had their own issues, with the wicketkeeper stuck in Milford, his car apparently unable to cope with the unusual summer weather. Two of our own were dispatched to the rescue and mission accomplished, play began nearer to 3pm than 2pm.
It all started so well, a clatter of wickets and the visitors were 58-6. However, as hard as the numerous bowlers tried and of course there were the usual dropped catches, the seventh wicket partnership only fell on the last ball of the innings, a fine steepling catch by Collins Snr. Amongst the bowlers there was a very good spell from Sam Dean(as well as two catches) but as hard as Lodsworth tried, the two in batsman just kept going.
Tea was taken, the highlight being the homemade sausage rolls, mixed with chorizo for the first time. Andys mummy also made some lovely egg mayo sandwiches this week.
A target of 166 then and with a good opening stand between Hall(19) and Dean(12), there followed a spectacular collapse, the scorebook having blobs against numbers 3,4 and 5. Cruikshank and Collins(19) batted for some time to steady their ship but it only gave some respectability as, together with Long, the inevitable was just extended and The Mariners sunk Loddy by 41 runs.
Man of the Match: Sam Dean