24th July 2016 at Amberley
Did we get the wrong day?
Amberley 303 for 3(40 overs) (F.Cruikshank 3-8)
Lodsworth 131 for 9 (29.2 overs) (P.Phillips 36 not out, M.Hall 36)
Lodsworth lost by 172 runs
The height of the holiday season and a fixture rarely played as often cancelled by Amberley, Lodsworth raised eleven but only ten made the match. This was one game which requires eleven of Lodsworths finest.
Amberley are a strong side, the last fixture saw them field a Sussex second eleven player and Lodsworth knew this was likely to be a long afternoon.
Starting well with a rare win of the toss, Lodsworth inserted ,primarily due to their own lack of batting depth. Often this season the bowlers have kept Loddy in the match but on this occasion, with Amberley fielding players more suited to very good Saturday league standard, the afternoon quickly disintegrated with Amberley rattling along at 10 runs per over for the first sixteen overs. Both openers retired, one with a century and one a half century and the remainder of the order, whilst good players, were more of the standard that befits Sunday afternoons. Everybody tried their hardest, the pick of the bowlers being Will Hannam. The skipper bowled a few overs at the end and picked up the only wickets to fall(two bowled, one caught at deep square leg by Long)
Tea followed and a well earned rest was had by all. Decent sandwiches but cakes out of a packet and definitely not up to the standards of Mrs Phillips, her crown safe for another week at least.
In reply, Amberley to be fair, did not open with their stronger bowlers but those that did open, did so with a nagging line and length and at 62 for 1 after eleven overs, whilst Lodsworth never had a chance, some smiles were returning. Paul Phillips held the innings together whilst all around had a hit and a debut from Rhys Greet yielded three runs and was last man out as the match ended with a very heavy defeat. No disgrace from Lodsworth, just Sunday village cricket coming up against a number of very good Saturday league standard players.
Man of the Match: Paul Phillips(for his batting)