Our second down memory lane today. If you missed our special edition from Phil Tozer, you can read that HERE. We have 11 games to look through today, 7 of those are victories. We take a closer look at 2008 when the first team lost but the other three teams won.
First team match report vs Roffey:
The first team will be looking to bounce back against Steyning after slumping to a disappointing defeat at home to Roffey.
Josh Fleming won the toss for the visitors and decided to bat on a track that looked like it had runs in it. Dodge struck in the first over, removing the in form Jeal with a ball that nipped back and bowled him through the gate. Despite the good start it wasn't until the spin twins, Benn and Woody, came into the attack that we claimed the next wicket after a big partnership from Fleming and Webb. In between trying to stop the sight-screens blowing over we managed to slow the scoring and pick up regular wickets. Roffey finished on 229-8, a score we were pleased to restrict them to after their great start. Woody (4-71) and Benn (3-37) both bowled superbly and Greeny put in a fine performance at slip taking a hat-trick of catches.
Tea was the same as the last home game, nice but nowhere near enough - not even enough pieces of cake for 1 each! Stu H cheered us up by sending us photos of the tea the 2nd XI were enjoying at Three Bridges!
Our innings didn't get off to the start we were hoping for when Greeny got a leading edge to mid-on to record a birthday duck. Gus then "nicked off" and it was down to Baby and Benn to rebuild the innings. They were doing a good job until Baby unluckily picked out mid-wicket with a pull shot and was on his way for 52 off only 57 balls. He had looked in great form throughout his innings - hopefully a sign of bigger and better things to come! After losing Baby the innings seemed to lose some momentum and wickets began to fall at regular intervals. Benn, Jimmy and Matt all made 30's but failed to reach the bigger scores that were required if we were going to win. Roffey wrapped up a well deserved win when Woody smashed a return catch straight back to Josh Fleming. Fleming and Barnard were the pick of the bowlers with 7 wickets between them.
Despite some bad luck everyone knew we hadn't performed well enough and the better team had won. As mentioned earlier, we play Steyning at home on Saturday.a big game but I'm positive we can bounce back with a big performance!
Full Scorecard HERE
The second team match report vs Three Bridges:
What a game, what a win. I don't know where to start but here goes.
Rich won the toss and chose to bat on a firm track. Stu and hebs got us off to a solid start with some excellent shots. Stu was timing it particularly well to the frustration of the Bridges opening bowlers. Hebs retired to change a lense so Rich went in and kept the scoring going. Stu then departed with the score at 63-1 off 12 overs. Hebs came back in and Rich nicked one to slip for 25. Hebs followed shortly afterwards and the solid start was quickly being undone.
Then the mayhem began. Dan was out straight after drinks when he drove a ball off Tom Merriens back only to see it loop up to mid-on. Rich was still confident with a strong middle order. That confidence was ebbing away as wickets tumbled. First Kev, then Mike, then Stu. A hatrick and 4 wickets in an over had changed the game. 87-7.
Amit and Dazzler restored some respectability pushing the innings up to 140 all out. Dazzler in particualr played some excellent shots and top scoring with 33.
The pitch was still offering something so the target of 141 for Bridges would not be an easy one. Their task became even harder as Dan dismissed both openers. Mike replaced the unlucky Stoneham to pick up the Bridges number 3 and we were well on top. Then the Heberlein show began. Chris steamed in and looked dangerous from ball one. He kept picking up wickets and the target looked a long way away for the young Bridges middle order.
The game down down to the last three Bridges batsmen needing 17 to win. Enter Dazzler to take a superb low catch in the covers off Hebs. We were on the brink of victory. The odd leg bye and scoring shot edged them ever closer. Heberlein however kept going and clean bowled the Bridges number 11 leaving them 4 short of their target.
Praise must go to Dazzler and Amit for getting us to a defendable total. Dan Rive for his mammouth spell of 17 overs. And Chris Hebs who finished with 6-28. A match winning performance. From almost inevitable defeat, we had snatched victory and 24 valuable points. Well done boys.
Full Scorecard HERE
The third team match report vs Goring:
After last weeks victory, the LA 3's had some new personnel as we rolled up at Fernhurst. Our all star cast included, The President, The Chairman, Local Magistrate and a new signing from Cape Town.
Playa lost the toss and we were batting.
Birbs and new-boy Kyle looked to prosper with the lightning outfield. After a steady partnership, Birbs was bowled and then Kyle chipped one up. Both out for 13. A steep learning curve can be expected for Kyle, but class always shines through...
Buddy The Younger and Playa set about to see off the dangerous Wyatt and did so with solidity. Some lusty blows saw them almost put on 100 partnership in 20 overs. Playa was a lucky boy as the bowlers shaved the stumps twice, but the bails stood firm. Amazing, when they kept on dropping off due to wind at least 15 times during the match!
Buddy was caught for 32 at deep mid -off. Greiggy did well here in 07, but a vicious rising ball was gloved behind for 5. Greiggy just needs to keep perservering, as he will prosper as the season continues.
Budd The Elder stroked the ball around and pushed the score along. Playa was still laying down some pace, as we ran 2's and 3's. A quick single was called by skip but he didn't quite make it, so out for 68. Back to back 50's showed some old skool skillz.
Buddy progressed to 25 before being caught behind. El Presidente hit a few, as did Paddo and JP III, as we just failed to reach 200.
After a lovely tea, LA needed to strike early. Budd Boyz bowled well, with Paul B took 3-for, with some intelligent work. Ryan had a 4 over spell and used the lively track well. JP held on to a difficult chance and he grew with confidence in the field.
The Milner replaced Ryan and plugged away in an effort to end his mini-drought. Breakthroughs came thanks to a clean bowled and a Kyle catch.
Lloyd was keeping well, and El Prez Hugh has running like Steve Ovett between overs.
The occasional 4 was inevitable, as the outfield got the better of the fielders, despite our best efforts.
Paddo also shone in the field, and I can't remember anything getting past him.
Playa replaced Paulo B and he is thankful to his Sunday skipper, as Mr Birbeck took two difficult catches at point.
The scoreboard was still ticking over, but the wickets were falling.
Playa secured two more, thanks to hitting the Peggy Mitchells. The two dangermen were out, as Botham was hitting big and straight.
Ranji (Kyle) was thrown the ball and some astute leg-spin kept the dot balls coming.
With 4 overs to go, the oppo needed 30, but only one wicket remaining.
Ranji took the c&b chance to end the game and a top team effort.
Full Scorecard HERE
Match report from the fourth team game vs Horsham Trinity:
Starting the match with just 2 points between the 2 teams on a windy spring day the 4X1 played positive cricket without the skipper and with some more new players.
Winning the toss stand in skip Neil put them into bat and they got off to a steady start.
With enthusiasm LCPCC battled on and when the first wicket fell it seems to spur them on and a steady procession of batsmen returned to the pavilion. Andy Lee again proving himself to be a class act, taking 4 wickets and effecting 2 run outs. New addition Greg Harris also took 3 and they were all out with 8 balls to spare.
Tom Lee and Mike Mitchell got our reply of to a steady, if a little slow, response moving to 28 off the first 10 before Mike went trying to pull one over mid-wicket. Tom continued into his by now regular 20 something, joined by Neil Harris who show that he still knows how handle a bat. With one of his sons and then George Kitchen making steady progress at the other end, Neil went about destroying their bowlers, losing 2 balls in the process to finish on 82 not out.
Another great team win. Well done guys.
Full Scorecard HERE
Other games played on 24th May:
2015 – Sunday XI vs Washington
2014 – 2nd XI vs Ram 2’s
2009 – Sunday XI vs East Preston
2003 – 1st XI vs Haywards Heath
2003 – 2nd XI vs Haywards Heath 2’s
2003 – 3rd XI vs West Blatchington 2’s
2003 – 4th XI vs Aldwick 2’s
Batting highlights from 24th May:
Dan Clarke 53 vs Washington (2015)
James Askew 75 vs East Preston (2009)
Chris Kirkham 52 vs Roffey (2008)
Paul Hewitt 68 vs Goring 3’s (2008)
Neil Harris 82* vs Horsham Trinity 3’s (2008)
Sean O’Shea 51 vs West Blatchington 2’s (2003)
Dominic Baker 50 vs Aldwick 2’s (2003)
Bowling highlights from 24th May:
Nick Larking 6-28 vs Ram 2’s (2014)
Chris Hanks 4-71 vs Roffey (2008)
Chris Heberlein 6-25 vs Three Bridges 2’s (2008)
Paul Hewitt 4-53 vs Goring 3’s (2008)
Andy Lee 4-12 vs Horsham Trinity 3’s (2008)
Gary Tester 4-28 vs Haywards Heath (2003)
Sean O’Shea 5-14 vs West Blatchington 2’s (2003)
Paul Hewitt 5-23 vs Aldwick 2’s (2003)