20th June 2021 at Lodsworth
Findon 48ao (Glover 20, O Crawshaw 3.1-3-1-3, J Gough 2-0-3-2)
Lodsworth 49-2 (M Williams 16, Franklin 3-1-10-2)
After the previous week’s strong performance in the field, Lodsworth CC followed up with a resounding victory against new fixture Findon CC. It was definitely jumper weather, gloomy and overcast with a forecast turning worse as the day progressed with heavy rain expected late afternoon. With that in mind, the two sides agreed on a 20-20 format, with a maximum of four overs per bowler and anything down the legside deemed a wide.
Losing the toss for the fifth time in a row (some sort of record?) Lodsworth were put into the field. The skipper set a pragmatic field, weighted on the offside, with cover and mid-wicket closer to protect against the quick single and a sweeper on the offside to protect the boundary. The wicket itself was slightly two paced, keeping low and skidding on at the village end and with an awkward bounce at the other.
Youngsters T Holloway and J Gough opened the bowling for Lodsworth, immediately putting pressure on the visitors, and Jamie taking a wicket with his first ball. Tight lines, good length and pace backed up with excellent fielding ensured Findon struggled to score, lasting just over 14 overs with only two players making double figures and a total of six ducks in their innings and 48 runs on the board.
T Freeman, Holloway and Gough each took a brace of wickets, with O Crawshaw wrapping up the tail with 3 wickets, 3 maidens for 1 run from 3.1 overs with the last wicket falling for a well executed run-out. Two catches from Freeman and another from Holloway summed up an excellent day in the field for the home team.
Aware of the clouds closing in, Lodsworth’s top-order elected to bat aggressively, taking 11 runs out of the equation in the second over. Franklin was the pick of Findon’s bowlers picking up the only 2 wickets but in truth, such a low score could never be defended and opener D Green and skipper M Williams ensured Lodsworth chased the target down in just over 7 overs.
An early finish just in time before the heavens opened…