Match Report v Lavant

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)

Match Drawn

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 Lavant’s 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 doesn’t 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)

Match Report v Fernhurst

7th August 2016 at Lodsworth

“ Charlie shines on debut”

Lodsworth 158 for 8(35 overs) (C.McKee 51 not out, P.Phillips 41)

Fernhurst 159 for 3 (34.1 overs) (P.Phillips 2-15, M.Hall 1-17)

Lodsworth lost by 7 wickets

Man of the Match: Charlie McKee

On a warm and extremely blustery afternoon, Fernhurst were welcomed as this week’s opponents and after winning the toss decided to field first. The visitors brought along a number of 15 and 16 year olds, the result of a youth policy and one which Lodsworth has adopted in recent times.

The home side fielded Jamie Gough and Josh Collins, both ten years old and both extremely good in the field. Watch these two in the coming years as they develop. Unfortunately one home player didn’t turn up so Lodsworth only managed to field ten players.

Lodsworth lost an early wicket but Phillips and Long(23) both played very well, the former deserving a half century but falling short. Charlie McKee, on debut and having not played cricket for four years, scratched around, showing clear rustiness but played some magnificent strokes once he got in, clubbing nine fours and seeing the innings through to the end. Young Josh made an excellent six runs in support and young Jamie faced only the final ball of the innings.

The usual high standard of tea, including homemade brownies and sausage rolls, together with Andy’s Mums egg mayo sarnies once again, was devoured and the players took to the field, Lodsworth confident in defending what appeared a good total.

Hall and Long opened up, Fernhurst had an experienced and obdurate opener who scored fifty, the young guns all contributed with some lusty hitting and the visitors reached the winning score with just five balls to spare. Phillips bowled a good tight spell, using the setting sun to his advantage. Lee, Rob  and Fergus all had a bowl and Jamie Gough came on at the end and bowled seven balls, putting the others to shame and with hindsight should have bowled earlier. His time will come!

Bob Powell kindly turned up to support on a brief visit for Malaysia. Unfortunately he forgot his whites- otherwise we would have had eleven players. Good to see you Bob.

Match Report v Amberley

24th July 2016 at Amberley

“Did we get the wrong day?”

Amberley 303 for 3(40 overs) (F.Cruikshank 3-8)

Lodsworth 131 for 9 (29.2 overs) (P.Phillips 36 not out, M.Hall 36)

Lodsworth lost by 172 runs

The height of the holiday season and a fixture rarely played as often cancelled by Amberley, Lodsworth raised eleven but only ten made the match. This was one game which requires eleven of Lodsworth’s finest.

Amberley are a strong side, the last fixture saw them field a Sussex second eleven player and Lodsworth knew this was likely to be a long afternoon.

Starting well with a rare win of the toss, Lodsworth inserted ,primarily due to their own lack of batting depth. Often this season the bowlers have kept Loddy in the match but on this occasion, with Amberley fielding players more suited to very good Saturday league standard, the afternoon quickly disintegrated with Amberley rattling along at 10 runs per over for the first sixteen overs. Both openers retired, one with a century and one a half century and the remainder of the order, whilst good players, were more of the standard that befits Sunday afternoons. Everybody tried their hardest, the pick of the bowlers being Will Hannam. The skipper bowled a few overs at the end and picked up the only wickets to fall(two bowled, one caught at deep square leg by Long)

Tea followed and a well earned rest was had by all. Decent sandwiches but cakes out of a packet and definitely not up to the standards of Mrs Phillips, her crown safe for another week at least.

In reply, Amberley to be fair, did not open with their stronger bowlers but those that did open, did so with a nagging line and length and at 62 for 1 after eleven overs, whilst Lodsworth never had a chance, some smiles were returning. Paul Phillips held the innings together whilst all around had a hit and a debut from Rhys Greet yielded three runs and was last man out as the match ended with a very heavy defeat. No disgrace from Lodsworth, just Sunday village cricket coming up against a number of very good Saturday league standard players.

Man of the Match: Paul Phillips(for his batting)

Match Report v Ancient Mariners

17th July 2016 at Lodsworth

“ The tide turned after a bright start“

Ancient Mariners 165 for 7 (35 overs) (W.Westwood 87 M.Hall 3-21, S.Dean 2-11)

Lodsworth 114 All Out (28 overs) (F.Cruikshank 23, A. Long 21 not out, G.Spicer 6-19)

Lodsworth lost by 41 Runs

On a hot, humid afternoon, a fixture against this extremely good natured touring side was all set to start at 2pm but there was just one thing missing- the visitors!

One by one they eventually turned up but with three missing somewhere between Wales and Lodsworth, a contrived toss took place and Lodsworth agreed to field first in order to allow the Ancient Mariners to navigate their way in to the West Sussex countryside. Lodsworth too had their own issues, with the wicketkeeper stuck in Milford, his car apparently unable to cope with the unusual summer weather. Two of our own were dispatched to the rescue and mission accomplished, play began nearer to 3pm than 2pm.

It all started so well, a clatter of wickets and the visitors were 58-6. However, as hard as the numerous bowlers tried and of course there were the usual dropped catches, the seventh wicket partnership only fell on the last ball of the innings, a fine steepling catch by Collins Snr.  Amongst the bowlers there was a very good spell from Sam Dean(as well as two catches) but as hard as Lodsworth tried, the two in batsman just kept going.

Tea was taken, the highlight being the homemade sausage rolls, mixed with chorizo for the first time. Andy’s mummy also made some lovely egg mayo sandwiches this week.

A target of 166 then and with a good opening stand between Hall(19) and Dean(12), there followed a spectacular collapse, the scorebook having blobs against numbers 3,4 and 5. Cruikshank and Collins(19) batted for some time to steady their ship but it only gave some respectability as, together with Long, the inevitable was just extended and The Mariners sunk Loddy by 41 runs.

Man of the Match: Sam Dean

Match Report v Elstead

8th July 2016 at Elstead

“ 20/20 “

Lodsworth 102 All out(19 overs) (M.Hall 24, J.Hill 18)

Elstead 103 for 9 (18.1 overs) (D. Prichard 2-3, A.Long 2-7)

Lodsworth lost by 1 Wicket

A new fixture on the calendar, this one being a 20/20 match on a sunny Friday evening, just across the border into Surrey. The rules of the match biased towards everybody getting a bowl and the batters retiring at 25.

Unsurprisingly the toss was lost again and on what is probably the best wicket that we have played on this year, Lodsworth were inserted. A very bright start from Jamie Hill, which included two fours and a six in the first three overs, saw the score reach 20 after two overs. However, steady  bowling and some indifferent batting  resulted in a below score at the halfway mark. Only Matt Hall holding it together in the middle of the innings.

Lodsworth were soon back in the field and the opposition took a while to come out(making the most of the competitively priced beer in the clubhouse apparently), which gave the stand in keeper, Rob, a chance to get used to the sight of the ball ( doesn’t usually hang around long enough to see it). A steady start from the home side and a couple of early wickets set the game up nicely. Dan Prichard( of Elstead but today of Lodsworth) found himself on a hat trick as the game tightened. In came the hosts Aussie ringer and it rained sixes. Long and Hall nearly swung it back to the visitors but the game was one with a mighty six and the teams retired to the clubhouse.

A good game, a new fixture and hopefully one to continue for the future.

Man of the Match: Matt Hall

Match Report v Graffham

26th June 2016 at Lodsworth

“ Too many out, not enough still in”

Graffham  128 for 9(35 overs) (A.Long 3-1, P.Phillips 3-25, J.Hill 1-24)

Lodsworth 105 All Out (32 overs) (S.Dean 27, P.Phillips 20)

Lodsworth lost by 17 runs

Three days after the “out “ vote, Lodsworth welcomed local neighbours Graffham to The Rec and on winning the toss, the visitors were put into bat on a pitch which looked like it would offer assistance to the bowlers.

Back “in” came Andy Long after a week off and bowled seven overs, taking three wickets for just one run. Well supported by Jamie Hill, Paul Phillips and Sam Dean, the home side could be happy going “in “ to tea with what appeared a below par score. Another fine effort of home made sausage rolls, sandwiches and cake awaited the players and a casual tea with The Euros on in the background, kept hunger at bay as the players waited to go “out” for the second half of the match.

Clearly Sam Dean had gained some energy over the break and smashed two sixes and two fours for the highest score of the innings. The majority of the batsman found getting “out” quite easy and sadly, even a brave nought not out for Josh Collins at the end could not prevent Lodsworth being all “out” as both teams voted to head to the pub for drinks and chips. A recount was not needed and maybe leaving the EU will bring better fortunes for the team for the rest of the season

Man of the Match: Andy Long

Match Report v Madehurst

19th June 2016 at Lodsworth

“ Great Scott, Loddy have a new flag”

Lodsworth 164 for 7(35 overs) (C.Scott 72, J.Waller 23, P.Phillips 23, W.Salaman 23)

Madehurst 165 for 3 (29 overs) (S.Dean 1-14, J.Hill 1-23, P.Phillips 1-30)

Lodsworth lost by 7 Wickets

Madehurst are most likely the best team that Lodsworth come up against and having lost by 122 runs in this fixture last year, this was a stark improvement by the home team.

Losing the toss once again, Lodsworth were inserted and quickly slipped to 37-4 but two partnerships in excess of fifty, the first between Chris Scott and the returning Will Salaman, followed by that between Chris Scott and the highly experienced(and perhaps more mellow these days), Paul Phillips, a score in excess of what had been expected was posted.

The new Lodsworth CC flag was hoisted during the innings and many thanks to Barry Phillips of Four Walls Wine Company for sponsoring and arranging.

Tea was taken in the grandeur of the main room at the village hall, a near disaster averted ,since the mini rolls had been forgotten about in the fridge, until just before the end of the interval.

Whilst the mini rolls were devoured, the drizzle started outside and both teams duly took to the field, Lodsworth to defend a decent total and Madehurst to attack and see it off before the rain properly set in.

A good return to the side from Jamie Hill was rewarded with a wicket, the bails flying halfway to the boundary. Sam Dean bowled three excellent overs and picked up his first wicket for Lodsworth. Finally, the old maestro with his flighty off spinners was unluckly not to pick up more than one wicket but Lodsworth’s fielding in the outer was up to its usual low standard. However, the ball was sodden by that stage.

The heavy rain came ten minutes too late and even the cuckoo was quiet but another enjoyable afternoon, with some old faces returning and a fine innings by Chris Scott, was rounded off by not only potatoes but also Yorkshire Puddings in The Hollist.

Man of the Match: Chris Scott