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 Ibizas 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 VPs 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.
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 Lodsworths 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.
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.
11th September 2016 at Wonersh
Glorious September Sunshine
Wonersh 183 for 6(35 overs) (A.Crocker 2-18, A.Long 1-22, J.Webster 1-28)
Lodsworth 98 All Out (29 overs) (A.Crocker 50 not out, P.Phillips 10)
Lost by 95 runs
Man of the Match: Arthur Crocker
Across the border into Surrey we assembled for the final away fixture of the season. Greeted by glorious blue skies, a picturesque ground, eleven players which included two debuts (Arthur Crocker and Jonah Webster) and a strip which had stood up remarkably well to the deluge of the previous day.
Fielding first in a 35 overs a side fixture against this strong side, made up mainly of twenty somethings from the local area, Messrs Long and Crocker each bowled five overs up front and the home side struggled to make more than two runs per over for the first ten.
Matt Hall came on first change and kept things tight and Jonah replaced Andy manflu Long and duly picked up a wicket first ball, a superb catch taken by Lee Mulcahy(contact him for all plumbing needs!). Paul Phillips (contact him for bespoke furniture making!) bowled from both ends and only had himself to blame for not taking a return catch. Fergus came on and took a wicket with just about the only straight ball he bowled but as seems regular, two good batsman with a fine partnership, held the innings together after the initial skirmishes went Lodsworths way.
Tea was taken upstairs in the pavilion and in the writers opinion, was the finest(and most expensive) of the season. Is it that opposing teams hear about our love of cakes and scones and hijack us with too much food every week? Well, its a plausible excuse for what often follows!
The batting was better than the previous week, since more application was shown but once again too many single figure scores contributed to a below par total. Only Arthur, with some splendid hitting, showed any real talent, although Rob Collins(contact him for all decorating requirements!), did hang about long enough for Arthur to reach his fifty.
A glorious afternoon, a very good spirited Wonersh side, a fighting effort from Lodsworth and although the result did not go our way, two new players were introduced and we are another week closer to Ibiza!
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.
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)