28th August 2016 at Ebernoe
“ Fathers and Sons”
Lodsworth 129 All Out (34.1 overs)(A.Rix 37, J.Lamb 13)
Ebernoe 130 for 7 (29 overs) (P.Phillips 4-23, T.Holloway 2-39)
Lodsworth lost by 3 wickets
Man of the Match: Paul Phillips
On a very 4 seasons in 1 afternoon Bank Holiday Sunday, Loddy took to the road and ventured to the picturesque village of Ebernoe CC.
After many mix ups of having 9 or 14 players and getting to the ground for 1.45pm and finding the home side weren’t there, since it was a 230pm start, stand in skipper Long went out and lost the toss and Loddy found themselves batting in a 35 over game. With 3 father and sons taking part, including 3 under 12s, it was always going to be a challenge against a very solid looking home side.
Rix and Hall opened up and after Hall ran himself out (never a run there!!) it was left to Phillips snr and Rix to steady the ship.
Phillips got 12 before being bowled and then Phillips jnr went in at number 4. Young Joel held an end up for a few overs until getting caught and bowled. In came Ol King to bat for the first time in 5 years and struck the ball well until nemesis bowler Read got him again (6 times out- his bunny). Al Rix was still in after being like a cat as had about 7 lives… Dropped, caught off a no ball, nearly run out 3 times…
After heavy blows from Gough snr, Lamb and Long, Loddy finished on 129. Also note to our other 2 young guys who batted well in the middle in Collins and Gough Jnr.
After a lovely tea, Loddy took to the field but Phillips snr and jnr had to leave early so Long and Phillips snr opened up the bowling in misty, murky conditions. PP from the pavilion end bowled exceptionally and took 4 wickets including the key scalps of Stemp and Whittington. Ebernoe were in trouble at 30-4 and this was backed up by good fielding from all especially the youngsters, who all can show Long and Hall how to throw a cricket ball!! With newbie Toby taking 2 wickets with good pace bowling it looked like Loddy might get a victory under their belts as Ebernoe struggled to 70-7. However with only 10 men and gaps in the field it was the batsmen of the home side who batted superbly to steer them to victory without giving any chances away.
Shame Loddy couldn’t get another wicket as that probably would have been the deciding factor.
However major pluses came from the game in giving our youngsters a chance and everyone saying it was played in a sporting and friendly atmosphere. Credit to the guys from both sides.