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Match Report Lavant vs Linchmere 8th August 2020

Lavant welcomed old rivals Linchmere to the village green in sweltering conditions. Opener Hugh Hudson hit a fine 71 and shared a 117 run partnership with Steve Brooker (72) as 'mere found the going tough in the hot conditions. Dave MacLean hit a brisk 23 and Jamie Hudson impressed with 21 not out as Lavant posted 214 for 3 at tea. Lavant's opening bowlers, Alex Burford and Dave MacLean attacked with purpose and accuracy to stifle the Linchmere reply. In 2 short spells Burford took 2 for 16 and MacLean returned a miserly 3 for 25 from his 11 over stint. Lavant struggled to break through the middle order as James Varnes countered with an impressive knock and threatened to win the match. Linchmere's hopes disappeared, however, when Varnes fell on 90 to a fine catch from Burford off Brooker. Lavant almost polished off the tail but were denied by the final pair. Linchmere finished 20 runs short of the total with 1 wicket remaining to earn a hard fought draw.

Bowling -
A. Burford 8 overs - 0 maidens - 16 runs - 2 wickets
D. MacLean 11 - 2 - 25 - 3
P. Hudson 9 - 0 - 68 - 1
M. Sullivan 6 - 0 - 43 - 0
S. Hadnett 3 - 0 - 19 - 1
S. Brooker 2 - 0 - 2 - 3

Lavant fielding,
Hugh Hudson keeping,
Robin Burford slip,
Steve Brooker Gully

Lavant batting 1

Lavant batting 2

Lavant batting 3

Match Report Lavant vs Droxford 2nd August 2020

Dave MacLean batting

Droxford won the toss and batted first on a hard surface in this 40 over match. Lavant's opening bowlers Danny Berkeley and Lee Russell gave little away to keep the score in check. Droxford opener Potter's patience paid off as he plundered the Lavant bowlers for 90 before being run out. Clark with 51 and 31 bowing extras gave Droxford an extra 5 overs to total 230 for 4. Lee Russell was the pick of the bowlers taking 2 for 30 from 7 overs. In reply Berkley backed up his work with the ball with an aggressive 46 before being caught in the deep. James Stemp fell in similar fashion after a brisk 27. Dave MacLean ruthlessly hit 10 boundaries in his innings of 45. After the departure of MacLean, Lavant lost momentum and hopes fell away with the wickets as the home side were all out for 165 giving victory to Droxford by 60 runs.

Match Report Lavant vs Hawkley 19th July 2020

Picturesque cricket at Hawkley

Lavant batted first at Hawkley in a match reduced to 30 overs as the rain cleared. Danny Berkley scored quickly before being caught for 22. James Stemp clattered the Hawkley attack making a fine 70 in a 112 run partnership with Lee Russell offering solid support. Steve Brooker joined Russell and kept the momentum going with 42. Russell with 38 and Brooker departed to leave Phil Allen with 15 & Dave Burford with 14 to take the Lavant total to 216 for 4 at tea. Hawkley replied with purpose punishing any short deliveries despite a fine spell from Berkley. James Stemp’s pace and accuracy troubled the batsmen but Lavant could not gain control as Hawkley passed the Lavant total with 5 overs remaining.

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