Match Report v Fernhurst

7th August 2016 at Lodsworth

“ Charlie shines on debut”

Lodsworth 158 for 8(35 overs) (C.McKee 51 not out, P.Phillips 41)

Fernhurst 159 for 3 (34.1 overs) (P.Phillips 2-15, M.Hall 1-17)

Lodsworth lost by 7 wickets

Man of the Match: Charlie McKee

On a warm and extremely blustery afternoon, Fernhurst were welcomed as this week’s opponents and after winning the toss decided to field first. The visitors brought along a number of 15 and 16 year olds, the result of a youth policy and one which Lodsworth has adopted in recent times.

The home side fielded Jamie Gough and Josh Collins, both ten years old and both extremely good in the field. Watch these two in the coming years as they develop. Unfortunately one home player didn’t turn up so Lodsworth only managed to field ten players.

Lodsworth lost an early wicket but Phillips and Long(23) both played very well, the former deserving a half century but falling short. Charlie McKee, on debut and having not played cricket for four years, scratched around, showing clear rustiness but played some magnificent strokes once he got in, clubbing nine fours and seeing the innings through to the end. Young Josh made an excellent six runs in support and young Jamie faced only the final ball of the innings.

The usual high standard of tea, including homemade brownies and sausage rolls, together with Andy’s Mums egg mayo sarnies once again, was devoured and the players took to the field, Lodsworth confident in defending what appeared a good total.

Hall and Long opened up, Fernhurst had an experienced and obdurate opener who scored fifty, the young guns all contributed with some lusty hitting and the visitors reached the winning score with just five balls to spare. Phillips bowled a good tight spell, using the setting sun to his advantage. Lee, Rob  and Fergus all had a bowl and Jamie Gough came on at the end and bowled seven balls, putting the others to shame and with hindsight should have bowled earlier. His time will come!

Bob Powell kindly turned up to support on a brief visit for Malaysia. Unfortunately he forgot his whites- otherwise we would have had eleven players. Good to see you Bob.