Match Reports – Lodsworth CC vs Findon CC

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…

Match Report – Lodsworth CC vs Petwork Park CC

13th June 2021 at Petworth Park

Petworth Park CC 228-1 (35 overs G Westmore 115no, A Rees 63no, T Holloway 7-1-37-1)

Lodsworth 230-5 (32.4 overs O Crawshaw 125no, M Williams 48, M Hasan 7-0-41-2)

Lodsworth won by 5 wickets

Hot and sunny, no clouds in the sky, and approaching nearly a year without a win in the book, Lodsworth Cricket Club visited their neighbours in the grounds of Petworth Park. Beautifully situated with stunning views to the South Downs, Petworth Park CC has been rejuvenated over the last few years, with a keen team and plenty of investment, and a wicket with a surface so flat and smooth that West Sussex County Council Highway Division could only ever dream of…

Having lost the toss for the fourth time in a row, Lodsworth were sent out to field in the scorching heat. With an initially attacking field in place, it was soon evident that the pitch was going to offer little assistance to the bowlers and the quick outfield meant boundaries were found easily, with the Petworth openers Westmore and Abbott pouncing on any ball that was not perfect in line or length. Two overs in and Lodsworth were already on the defensive, with 3 deep on the offside to limit the damage.

Westmore was rarely troubled and accumulated back-to-back centuries against the visiting side. The only wicket to fall in Petworth’s innings was with Abbot top-edging a pull off Toby Holloway with a great catch by Jamie Gough running in from the fine leg boundary.

It wasn’t an entirely perfect performance by the visitors, and had Lodsworth not let through a few fours and given away overthrows, the target may have been 20 runs less. Injuries to the skipper further compounded the task. However, despite the punishing conditions in the field, Lodsworth stayed committed and limited the target they would be chasing – Petworth finishing their innings with 228 runs off 35 overs.

Although Lodsworth had little to show for their efforts in terms of the scorebook, it did feel that it was a score a bit below par for the wicket and certainly chase-able if one or two batsmen got themselves in.

Following the picnic tea, the intent was there from the offset, Matt Hall cutting the first ball to the boundary and 11 runs scored off the first over. Petworth soon tightened up on the bowling, and stemmed the flow of runs initially. After Hall fell, there was a flurry of quick wickets, bringing the injured skipper Mike Williams + runner batting at 6 to the crease alongside number 3 Owen Crawshaw.

A disastrous over conceeding 32 runs injected life into the Lodsworth innings, and Crawshaw seized the initiative, combining splendid stroke play with power, including towering sixes in all directions and fielding the strike to keep the momentum going. Williams, when on strike, complimented with a sparkling 48 off far fewer balls.

With quick running, turning singles into twos, and punishing any bad ball to the boundary, the run-rate quickly started to fall. When the skipper eventually fell, the imperious Crawshaw turned up the heat and accelerated to his well-deserved maiden century for Lodsworth. Needing 35 runs from 5 overs, the target was in sight and 16 balls later passed, with Tom Freeman scoring the winning runs and Crawshaw finishing on 125 not out.

After 3 close games, with Lodsworth on the losing side in each, it was a fantastic victory to turn the tide topped off with Owen’s outstanding innings. Credit too to the bowlers for keeping it tight, the skipper for his innings despite injury and the whole team for their efforts in the field.

Match Report – Lodsworth CC vs Petworth CC

27th May 2019 at Petworth Park

Lodsworth 164-8 (A Long 53no, O Crawshaw 15, A Rix 14)

Petworth 151ao (G Westmore 100no, A Long 8-0-28-5)

Lodsworth won by 13 runs

Taking advantage of the bank holiday and avoiding clashes with the Village Fete, Lodsworth were welcomed back to play at Petworth for a Monday fixture.

Having had no cricket club for a number of years, Petworth CC was revived in 2016 and this is only their first full season. Despite having a young and inexperienced team, they are backed up with fantastic facilities and a great looking pitch. Perhaps this is why the keen eyed skipper elected to bat first, having won the toss, deciding that it looked like a perfect batting track and a quick outfield…
Lodsworth started well, with Hall taking advantage of some wayward no-balls.

However, once the home side got their line and length, the true nature of the track revealed itself, with variable bounce. Blustery conditions combined with excellent fielding made batting a process of accumulation and wickets fell at regular intervals with none of the top order getting in. It wasn’t long before the skipper King batting at 6 was walking out with only 60 runs on the board.

With Petworth having used their quicks and bringing on their spinners, the tail began to wag. With Mills falling to a top edge trying to hit the ball into the pavilion, in came the lower-order specialist Andy Long. On the back of 3 not-outs in succession and marshalling the tail expertly, the number seven batted steadily and with patience, putting away the bad balls and taking just under 20 overs to reach his half century. Combined with cameos from Stanton, Alexander and Holloway, Lodsworth reached 161 at tea.

Following a short break for tea, Lodsworth took to the field. Braithwaite struggled to find his line and Petworth opener Westmore took full advantage, clearing the ropes on a regular basis. Hall and Alexander restored order with tight bowling and restricted the flow of runs, picking up 2 wickets each. Good fielding from the visitors, especially Holloway and Collins, helped stem the flow of boundaries. Economical Long picked up 5 wickets, with excellent catches by Holloway and Crawshaw.

However, with 3 wickets needed and the hosts teetering at 76-7, Westmore started to open up, picking off good and bad balls and guiding the tail enders. Despite 9 and 10 falling quickly, Westmore put on 64 with Batthams for the 10th wicket, reaching his century in the process. Lodsworth’s lack of penetration was beginning to haunt them – could this be another snatching defeat from the jaws of victory for the visitors? A change of wicket keeper brought on Crawshaw to bowl and just when it was looking the match could go either way, Battham’s off stump was removed, leaving Lodsworth’s skipper undefeated this season.

The afternoon was wrapped up nicely with the hosts inviting the visitors to a barbecue and plenty of discussion over rule 28.2b subsection 7 with the umpires.

Match report Lodsworth vs Ebernoe Sunday 28th April 2019

Match report vs Ebernoe Sunday 28th April 2019
4 wides and a robbery
Like day comes night, Ying and yang,  bangers and mash-  always something will happen when the first game of Lodsworth cricket season starts.  At the helm was new skipper Olly King. With him, you get enthusiasm, a helping hand from JCK and an air of confusion and disorganisation….  that’s even before we started….
2 or 230 start, who has the match ball, who can bowl, batting order changed more often than the top 2 of Man City and Liverpool, who knows how to mark out 22 or 23 yards wicket, scorebook anywhere by any chance???
Anyway now down to the game…
After captain chaos king won the toss, loddy elected to bowl in a 35over max8overs per bowler format.
With one of our big guns out for the season(big in size not in muscle junaid) it was up to messers Hall and Long to open up with the new cherry. Matt who isn’t an opening bowler but the way he bowled is more a 4th change bowled a bit full and didn’t really cause any problems. However Long who as per usual came up the hill looked quite dangerous and got 3 quick wickets to leave ebernoe in trouble at 31-3. Big lad GB then was given the ball and found a bit of zip and got rewarded with a super catch by keeper Mike. Loddy sensed a big opportunity to capitalise. Was this a smash and grab?
Well talking of that, in the 18years of playing for loddy we have never had a robbery at the rec.
Someone driving a spearmint rhino fiat 500 car turned up, parked out of sight behind the hall and then proceeded to raid a dirty battered rusty old dented van in stealing a hammer and old petrol blower. After being seen by an opposition player who was threatened, they sped off with wheels spinning down the car park.WHAT u say. Well this is true, you couldnt make it up as the vehicle was yes you guessed it captain chaos himself. Would you believe it!!
A break in play of 20mins, frantic searching questions etc and the longest over in history, the cricket then got back out to get on with the game. Loddy with king off the field and Long senior immobile (9men for rest of the game) let the game slip a bit and Ebernoe went from 50-5 to 112-5 until GB came back for a 2nd spell and got a few more victims, backed up with Long who chipped in with another lovely ball that the batsmen hit wicket to leave the away side finishing on 144-9 off 35overs.
GB 8-1-22-5
LONG 8-1-14-4
MIKE W 3 CATCHES
After a superb tea which could feed the 5000, loddy went out with Hall and Rix to get off to a good start.
Rix looked good but failed to deliver and only made 7, Hall made a cameo quickfire 22 until getting bowled and then when you need a skippers knock most you get Olly. With his mind on other things he got out plum LBW for nought,a big 0.
Loddy were 40-3,  been here before and it could well be 50-8 but GB and big Dave green had other ideas…..
With bad balls being punished and fielders dropped catches that went for 4!!(not) the home side looked set to achieve a famous unlikely opening victory. Mike came in after GB and showed flashes of power to get the total up to 120-4 until getting bowled wanted to smash another boundary.
Long then came to the crease with DVG and with 25 needed, they both played sensibiliy putting the bad ball away and ended up winning the game with 9 balls left. Note thou that DVG played an anchor role and Dave’s knock was the best he has played for Loddy.     145-5 off 33.3overs.   LODDY WIN BY 5 WICKETS.
DAVE G 33NO
GB 22
MATT 22
MIKE 20
LONG 13NO
A quick beer or 2 down the pub to chat about the game or crime, it was decided that GB was MOM.
However acclaim goes to Dave for a lovely steady knock and Mike for 3 great catches.
Kirdford next week, lets hope Loddy gets 2 outa 2.  Well done Chaos King- nice win skipper!!!!
Long Shakespeare’s scribe……

Lodsworth CC Tour 2019

This page covers general information about the 2019 cricket tour to Barcelona with matches on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October against Barcelona International Cricket Club.

Currently – BCN International are confirmed for the Saturday and provisional for the Sunday.- this is due to a ground booking issue which should be resolved – we are waiting for their fixture secretary to get back to me for the Sunday match.

Accommodation is provisionally booked for 11 people with the option for a few more… Its adequate, relatively cheap, very central and close to tourist area, not luxurious but gives us a lot of flexibility with regards to eating and drinking arrangements.

Travelling around Barcelona is really easy with great public transport (underground, bus, train, bikes for hire). Getting from the airport into the centre is a doddle. Eating and drinking – lots of options. Sites and things to do – whatever floats your boat – history, art, culture, or more salubrious activities if desired…

People will need to book their own flights – currently very cheap so it would be good if we can sort out who’s going (impacts accommodation) and when.

Questions – please feed back in the comments below….

1. If we can’t play the Sunday what do we want to do? Still go and play 1 match? Alternatives – Visit Nou Camp for a tour? Last time we toured we were all pretty bushed on the Sunday (something to do with over exuberant celebrations the night before perhaps?).

2. What days do people want to arrive and leave? This has an impact on accommodation arrangements and costs so we need feedback.

 

Match Report – Wonersh

Even Steven before Rain Rain Rain…..

Lodsworth Sunday 10th Sept 2018

played a shortened version game of 25 overs each against a strong local side in Wonersh.

Played 3 lost 3 was the record against this side who had a smattering of young blood and some canny old boys.

After being put into bat, Loddys openers of Hall and old boy favourite Justin put on 40 before Matt departed.

We then saw new face Junaid come in and with some deft shots and power hitting by these 2, the score raced onto nearly 100 runs in what some wags had said was the best batting partnership of the year.

Once these 2 went, regulars PP, Mike W and King went cheaply and it was left to newby Doctor Dave and El Gringo Manuel Ally Rixxo to steady the score to a respectable 137-6 in 25 overs.

JUSTIN 52.    JUNAID 35.  DAVE G 15NO.  HALL 19.

After a lovely tea, Loddy opeend up with Junaid and Long on now a pitch that was getting softer and drizzle in the air.

Wonersh got off to a steady start until Junaid got a wicket bowled and then Long got 1 by being superbly caught by Dave G at mid-wicket. Hall got in on the act – only after some frutuious generous fielding by Rixxo who conceded 4 but next ball getting a plum LBW. Game was set at 45-3 but then the rain started to come down more heavier.

Another 3/4 overs went on until at 68-3 after 13 overs the game had to stop as it was pouring down.

After waiting half an hour it was decided we all go down the pub where Skipper Long promised all and sundries that he was going to buy a round!!! And then being a taxi service to Al and Justin who were catching a train to London.

JUNIAD 1-10.    HALL 1-14.    LONG 1-19.

MOM….   A LOVELY KNOCK BY JUSTIN WHO GETS ALL THE PLAUDITS.

Match Report vs Kirdford Sunday 7th May

SEASON GETS OFF TO A FLYER
SO WE START THE SEASON OFF FOR 2017 WITH A FRIENDLY WELL SPIRITED MATCH AGAINST OUR OLD FOES AND FRIENDS IN KIRDFORD.
WITH A TEAM OF STALWARTS, OAPS, NEWBYS AND OLD FACES-  KIRDFORD WIN THE TOSS AND BAT ON A PITCH AND OUTFIELD THAT LOOKS IN REALLY GOOD NIK CONSIDERING ITS THE 1ST GAME.
 LODDY WITH BALL IN HAND START OK WITH SOME VERY GOOD BALLS BEING BOWLED AND SOME BUFFET BOWLING( HELP YOURSELF TO THAT AND SMACK IT) ALSO BEING THROWN INTO THE ACT.
GOOD FIELDING ALL ROUND ESP BY NEWBYS MIKE AND ED RESTRICTS THE AWAY SIDE TO A TOTAL OF 134 IN JUST OVER 34 OVERS.
 LEE M WAS UNLUCKY THAT HIS VELCROW GLOVES DIDNT CATCH THE 2 CHANCES THAT CAME HIS WAY AS HE WAS MAKING HIS DEBUT AS KEEPER.
LONG 12-2-43-2
TOBY H 7-0-44-1
HALL  8-1-16-4
ANDREW M 4-0-21-1
WILL S 1-0-1-0
ROB C 1-0-10-1.
WE THEN CAME INTO TEA WITH A CRACKING SPREAD OF SARNIES/SAUS ROLLS/CAKES/MORE CAKES AND EVEN MORE CAKES FROM JON KING!!!
LODSWORTH THEN WENT OUT TO BAT WITH HALL AND SALAMAN.
1ST BALL WILL S SMASHES THE BALL BACK PAST THE BOWLER FOR 4 AND WE ALL THOGUTH THIS WAS GOING TO BE OVER QUICKLY.
HOWEVER WICKETS FELL AT REGULAR INTERVALS WITH ONLY HALL AND DOGGED KING STICKING AROUND FOR MORE THAN A FEW OVERS.
 WITH LCC AT 120-3 AND ONLY NEEDING 15 TO WIN IT LOOKED A FORMALITY UNTILL THE USUAL LODDY COLLAPSE HAPPENED.
4 WICKETS IN 7 OVERS FOR 11 RUNS MEANT IT WAS GOING TO BE A NERVY FINISH UNTILL KING SMASHED THE SPINNER OVER THE TOP FOR 4 TO SEAL A GREAT WIN BY 3 WICKETS.
HALL 52
KING 42 NOT OUT
ANDREW M 18
5 PLAYERS WITH SINGLE FIGURE SCORES.
WELL PLAYED LADS TO ALL, A GOOD GAME THAT HAD LOTS OF BANTER AND RESPECT BY BOTH SIDES.
MOM-  MATT HALL WITH WICKETS AND RUNS FOLLOWED CLOSELY BY OLLY KING  WITH HIS DEFIANT KNOCK.
P1 W1.
 UNDEAFEATED LONG!!!!

Match Report v Ibiza CC (Game 2)

16th October 2016 at San Augustin, Ibiza

“Ibiza bite back”

Ibiza CC 155 for 8(30 overs) (G.Boe 34, P.Cruttwell 32, P.Phillips 3-32, A.Long 2-12)

Lodsworth 115 for 9 (30 overs) (J.Lamb 34 O.King 30, A.Rix 16 not out, P.Cruttwell 4-13, S.Hadlow 2-16)

Lost by 40 Runs

Man of the Match: Paul Phillips

Following much laughter and “rehydration” in Ibiza town the previous evening, which also included a guided tour by John King- a sightseeing trip which took in some extremely interesting sights! And what goes on tour stays on tour- therefore no elaboration required…, the second match of the tour was again played at the same venue and under beautiful blue skies once again.

Al Rix took over the captaincy, Andrew Mills made a debut for Lodsworth and Ollie King returned to the side. Fergus stepped down and opted to score. Lee Mulcahy fielded for both sides, which was probably the last thing that he felt like doing, however did get to face a few balls at the end.

On to the cricket and a stunning start by Lodsworth, reducing the home side to 55 for 6 at the halfway point, Messrs Phillips and Long bowling brilliantly and supported by stunning catches by both Lee and Rob. However, perhaps down to local knowledge and some superb batting, the home side took 99 runs from the final fourteen overs and posted a very good total given the situation they were in.

Lunch followed with Spanish sandwiches again and after a thirty minute interval, the teams took to the field and Loddy collapsed to 24 for 5, thanks to Mr Cruttwell with some excellent bowling up front. Justin and Ollie added fifty-one for the sixth wicket and the skipper a determined 16 not out. Loddy could not replicate Ibiza’s lower order batting and fell short by some margin.

Well played Ibiza CC, thanks to Al Shaikh for umpiring both matches and also to the VP’s who provided much needed support for the tour. The biggest thanks of all goes to John King for months of effort and determination in organising this weekend.

A complete success, fair results overall and the organisation for next years tour will surely start soon.

The team is off to hibernate for the winter now but with an end of season tour like this, we would like to encourage new players for next season and beyond.

Match Report v Ibiza CC (Game 1)

15th October 2016 at San Augustin, Ibiza

“Loddy shine in Ibiza”

Ibiza CC 167 for 9(30 overs) (C.Bromley 40, R.Parmenter 29 not out, W.Hannam 4-16, M.Hall 2-24)

Lodsworth 169 for 8 (30 overs) (W.Hannam 41, P.Phillips 34, P.Cruttwell 4-21, S.Hedlow 2-23)

Won by 2 Wickets

Man of the Match: Will Hannam

After weeks of eager anticipation and a twenty-one strong touring party, the White Isle provided an absolute thriller for the first game of Lodsworth’s inaugural overseas tour. With the previous day providing some sightseeing, swimming in the sea, good food and a few drinks, Loddy were all fit and raring to go.

Winning the toss and opting to field first on this artificial pitch and under sunny skies, tight bowling by Will Hannam and Andy Long kept the home side to under three an over for the first ten. Six of the first seven Ibiza batters reached double figures before Will came back and mopped up the tail, aided by two excellent catches from Justin Lamb. A total was posted which was considered extremely competitive. Lunch followed and Spanish baguettes replaced the usual plethora of cake and sausage rolls(surely a good thing!)

In response, the returning Jim Hickey hit a couple of glorious shots but it was Will Hannam who kept the innings together with a fine knock. Ably supported by Matt Hall(21) and arguably the allrounder of the season(Paul Phillips) the target was easily within range with three overs to go. Andy Long blasted a quick 15 but some tight bowling left three runs needed off three balls. Andy was bowled leaving three off two. In came Fergus and mistimed the first ball, dropped by Andrew Mills(Loddy landlord turning out for Ibiza on this occasion), leaving three to win off the final ball.

His final act as captain was to pull the last ball of the innings for four, giving Loddy a famous victory and thus ended what personifies a friendly game of cricket, played in great spirits and friendly banter all round. Beer followed! Thanks to Martin for arranging the final score to be posted outside the Hollist that evening.

Ladies day 21/21.

During a small gathering to empty a barrel to make way for the forthcoming cider pressing, we received a call late on Saturday night informing us the  Chairmans’ XI had cancelled.  With a fine wicket prepared and a cake or two in hand it seemed a shame to waste a sunny Sunday.  The remnants of the team boosted by some rare appearances plus wives daughters and girlfriends gathered together and a seven a side game was hastily organised. With some a little green round the gills, we picked teams and took to the field.

Phillips’ Pie Chuckers opened with a solid partnership between Ben Law(13) and Sammy Dean (19) and the baton was ably taken up by Neil Pearman with a career best 33.  Maiden players Coral Phillips and Samantha Greet came next with seasoned players Will H (18) and Paul P cruising home to set a challenging total of 103. The pick of the bowling Al Rix 8 for 2 but Tom’s first ball since school taking out The Law was a highlight.

With the hall kitchen undergoing renovation Mrs P laid on a fine buffet spread including Rob’s delicious sausage rolls, Matt’s famous cheese and pickle sarnies and a cracking marmalade cake from the Church Fayre. All very yummy.

Colins’ Creaky Cricketers began well with Joel Phillips (8) and Tom (11) who finally fell to Neil Peaman’s first ball in several years.  Lee Mulcachy (18) top scorer and Young Josh Colins (10) proved difficult to shift.  Deanna Garriga (5) Rob Colins (9)  fell to some good bowling by the Law (9 for 2) and Sammy (11 for 2). Veterans Al Rix and Matt Hall were left to push the total of 94 with two overs to go. The pie checkers looked in trouble.  Will runs in, he bowls, Matt scoops him to leg and Samantha plucks it from the air to seal the win for the team and lady of the match for herself.

Every body bowled and all scored at least a run….A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. Thanks to all who turned out.