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.