21st August 2016 at Lavant
An expensive 11 not out
Lavant 201 for 5(39 overs) (F.Cruikshank 2-19, M.Hall 1-26, A.Long 1-31)
Lodsworth 28 for 2 (6 overs) (P.Phillips 12, M.Hall 11 not out)
Following the rains of the previous day, Lodsworth arrived at Lavant to grey skies but it was dry and thankfully the pitch fit for purpose.
Raising a team for this week had not been easy but Loddy were pleased to see the returns of Ollie King(in a far from conventional cricketing outfit) and Justin Lamb, both looking for practice ahead of the much talked about tour to Ibiza in October.
The skipper won the toss and as is often the case, opted to bowl. This time it was not limited overs but Sussex rules and therefore no limit to the number of overs a bowler has at his disposal. As the sun appeared and indeed lasted until the end of Lavants innings, Andy Long bowled a herculean spell of 13 overs, that economy rate still impressive. With the ball moving off the pitch it was down to pure luck that the batsman were unable to edge anything behind. A fine opening stand was eventually broken at 45. There was a good second wicket stand, broken by Matt. However, as is often the case these days, the ringer arrived and pummelled sixes at will, eventually making 89 before being absolutely without doubt plumb in front to the skippers left arm medium-ish pace! Justin picked up a wicket and Fergus clean bowled another.
The score at tea just about acceptable to Lodsworth, some tired bodies supped on tea and grazed on lemon drizzle and chocolate cake, homemade sandwiches and the like. As the tea session ended, so the light rain started. Lodsworth reached 28 off 6 overs before the more heavy, persistent rain took both teams off the field. Without the chance to restart, the Earl of March appeared to be a much better option and bad luck Matt for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Surely 11 not out doesnt merit a round of drinks?!
Losing streak over, not quite as envisaged but onto the next match next weekend at Ebernoe.
Man of the Match: Matt Hall(for the round of drinks)