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

Match Report v Lynchmere

29th May 2016 at Lynchmere

“ Fun in the sun”

Lynchmere 169 for 9(40 overs) (W.Hannam 3-22, A.Long 3-45, F.Cruikshank 2-16)

Lodsworth 137 All out (28 overs) (W.Hannam 48, Jake Taylor 33, J.Buckman 26)

Lodsworth lost by 32 runs

The first away fixture of the season and a good old fashioned timed match, Lodsworth came within five overs of a draw but the aim was to go for the win and this is perhaps a good example as to why Lodsworth play limited overs cricket at home. Had Lynchmere between restricted to 35 overs then it could have been a very different outcome.

Losing the toss yet again, on a bright sunny day  and a plethora of local rules including trees, fences and car tracks, Lodsworth were grateful to receive fielders on loan at certain stages of the innings( due to late and non-arrivals). Two batsman got in for the home side and made fifties but Lodsworth fought hard and a marathon spell of 14 overs from Andy Long was rewarded with three wickets. Will Hannam again weighed in with three and the skipper had his first bowl of the season and picked up a couple. Josh Taylor and Jake Taylor(not related) both bowled a few overs, Jake impressively taking one for ten in five overs. Chris Scott donned the gloves and just four byes were conceded.

To chase down 170 was always going to be difficult with ten batsman but fine contributions from Will Hannam, James Buckman and 14 year old Jake Taylor, kept Lodsworth in the hunt. Sadly wickets tumbled towards the end with Lodsworth continuing to be positive and going for the runs. Andy Long, clearly worn out from the marathon bowling stint, was the final batsman to be out, for a golden duck, to keep the duck trophy very much alive.

It has to be said that this was a very enjoyable game of cricket and against a very sporting and jovial Lynchmere side.

Man of the Match: Jake Taylor

Match Report v Graffham and Smithbrook

22nd  May 2016 at Lodsworth

“ Brexit- in or out?”

Graffham and Smithbrook 214 for 4(35 overs) (A.Long 2-22)

Lodsworth 130 All Out (29.4 overs) (W.Hannam 43, J.Buckman 40)

Lodsworth lost by 84 runs

After two victories to start the season, the tide turned for the home side and defeat against Graffham and Smithbrook , fielding five league players, was not a great surprise.

The visitors opted to bat first and Lodsworth were on top having taken the first three wickets for fifty runs. However, eight dropped catches, a plethora of huge sixes(two landing on the roof of the village hall) and some mixed bowling, resulted in a large total off just thirty-five overs. It was a long thirty-five overs with many bowling changes but ultimately there was no answer to the big hitting visitors.

The tea interval was a quiet affair for once and despite the standards of the cakes, sausage rolls, quiche and sandwiches being up to the usual impressive quality, there was little chance of the total being chased down.

In response only Will Hannam and James Buckman(on debut) showed any resolve and whilst the visitors bowling attack was not the best we come across, it was steady and too many batsman fell for low scores. One dubious umpiring decision didn’t help but Lodsworth gave it their all and fell well short.

Off to the Hollist we went, some tired bodies and a quick debate on Brexit!

Man of the Match: Will Hannam

Match Report v Kirdford

15th  May 2016 at Lodsworth

“ Grenades and Home made cake”

Kirdford 126 for 9(35 overs) (P.Phillips 3-20, W.Hannam 2-5)

Lodsworth 127 for 6 (25.3 overs) (W.Hannam 35, P.Phillips 29 not out, J.Waller 29)

Lodsworth won by 4 Wickets

Fielding the same side for the second consecutive match(surely a record), the sun shining and the pitch somewhat harder than two weeks previously, Lodsworth won the toss and inserted Kirdford in this limited overs affair.

Opening with the speed of Joe Waller and the complete lack of speed of Andy Long, the visitors were restricted to 7-2 after six overs.  Will Hannam, complete with a hamstring injury, bravely came on first change and across two spells bowled four overs, taking two wickets for just five runs. Just as the visitors were starting to make some headway, on came the seasoned grenade launcher, namely Paul Phillips, and bowled a very good 7 overs, taking three wickets for just twenty runs.

Lee Mulcahy had his first over of the season and Joel Phillips bowled two, unlucky not to get a wicket as the batsman tried to clear the mid wicket boundary, only for the fielder, Andy Long, to step over the boundary edge as he took the catch.

With the innings over, the sides took tea, which is now starting to resemble some form of Great British bake off, as on the menu today was home made quiche, home made sausage rolls and home made chocolate cake. Rob Collins staking a claim with those last two for the man of the match award.

In response the home team started well, wobbled to 50 for 5 but were rescued by a superb rearguard attack from Will Hannam(containing 1 x 6 and 5 x 4’s), together with suitable support from Phillips senior (6 x 4’s).

As the cuckoo started warbling so the match ended and Kirdford, as ever, proved worthy opponents and this very friendly Sunday afternoon fixture was over for another year.

Man of the Match: Will Hannam

Match Report v Westbourne

1st May 2016 at Lodsworth

“ Waller  way to start the season”

Lodsworth 185 for 9(35 overs) (J.Waller 36, F.Cruikshank 29, Haings 5-14)

Westbourne 147 All out (33.3 overs) (A.Long 2-16 P.Phillips 2-28, J.Phillips 1-2, J.Waller 5 catches)

Lodsworth won by 38 runs

With winter nearly over, the first day of May saw the start of the summer season and after the hail and rain of the week leading up to the match, a pitch of unknown quantities was provided by the hard working groundsman and his staff.

Losing the toss, Lodsworth were put in to bat in this limited overs fixture. A strong start from Hall and Waller had the hosts hurtling along at ten runs per over for the first four overs, However, the visitors eventually realised that good old fashioned village cricket “pie” bowling was the way to bowl on this wicket. Most batsmen contributed to the final score and debutants Will Hannam and Lee Mulcahy both spent time at the crease.

Following the first home made tea of the season and no immediate signs of food poisoning , Loddy took to the field confident of defending this one. Wickets were taken regularly but there was some obdurate batting from the visitors, never really threatening to chase down the runs.  Some tidy bowling saw the wickets shared around but some sensational fielding by Joe Waller, with five catches, put others to shame.

The final batsman snared with nine balls remaining, fingers and noses turning purple with the cold, cuckoos warming up nearby, both teams headed to The Hollist for some roast potatoes and beer.

Man of the Match: Joe Waller

Bus passes and hospitals

Match Report v Wonersh

13th September  2015 at Lodsworth

Wonersh 175 for 8(35 overs) (J.Hill 43, P.Phillips 2-13, J.Phillips 1-11)

Lodsworth 131 for 8 All out (31.3 overs) (J.Waller 57, R.Collins 18 not out)

A new fixture and the penultimate game of the season, Lodsworth fielded 10 and the visitors 9. Of the ten, one arrived by bus pass but kept wicket magnificently and collected a stumping. Tom played with a sprained ankle, Paul lasted half of the visitors innings before being sent to hospital with a broken finger and Rob complained of the usual aches and pains of a seasoned pro- sorry amateur.

The match started well with just the second win of the toss all season and Wonersh got off to a flyer until Paul and Matt stemmed the runs and Paul in particular bowled with flight and turn until he was unfortunately hit attempting to field off his own bowling. Young Joel came on and bowled three good overs, taking a well deserved wicket. However, Wonersh scored about 50 too many.

In response and after one of the better tea efforts, only Joe Waller played well enough on a slow deck but did get some decent support from Rob and also “buss pass” Bob, equalling his highest score of 12 for the club(as told by John King). A couple of noughts at the end and the duck trophy may still be alive!!

As a final note, congratulations to Andy Long, an occasional bowler(not much else) on his engagement in Sherwood Forest to Ann. No mention of any robberies going on, just a proposal.

Lodsworth lost by 44 runs

Man of the Match: Joe Waller