2022 Season Match Reports

Lynchmere v Lavant – Sat 23rd Apr

For the benefit of those not there, we batted first on a pretty dead pitch although with some unpredictable bounce! Against accurate but pretty unexciting bowling, scoring was hard but some excellent disciplined batting all round got us to 166/9 at the end of our time. Lynchmere never really tried to chase the total but despite a really good bowling effort we couldn’t wheedle them out and they ended up at 120/5. A frustrating draw but a moral victory, for what that’s worth. The most encouraging thing was good all round performances from the whole team.

Lavant v Chidham & Hambrook – Sun 1st May

Threat of rain meant curtailed game. Jamie, Steve and Dave lead the way with the bat, each retiring at 50 to take us to 193 for 2 in our 30 overs. Then sensational bowling from Jamie (4-10), Miles (4-12) and Mark H and a match-winning wicket from Dan took them to 79 all out for a 114 run victory with 6 overs to spare. In addition Miles made a direct hit on the stumps from about 30 metres, side on, for what is likely to be the run out of the season!

Lavant v Westbourne – Sun 8th May

Lavant performed well in the field seeing Westbourne out for 132 (Jamie 3/36). Our performance was less effective, despite stoic defense eventually losing by 80 runs, or so; the champagne moments shared by Alex and Dan for their catching efforts.

Bosham v Lavant – Wed 11th May [Midweek game]

Bosham batted first and set 132 for Lavant to chase down. Excellent, (tight) bowling from all – special mention to Mark for a great spell removing their big hitting openers. Lavant confidently took on the chase, starting fast and maintaining 7+ runs/over throughout the innings to win with 9 balls to spare. Special mention to Steve for his sensational 25* knock. A glorious win in the evening sun followed by victory beers.

Ashling v Lavant – Wed 18th May [Midweek game]

The Midweek Warriors march on, another win, another excellent cricketing display from all. This week, to mix it up a bit, we elected to bat first. We put on 147 with great knocks all the way down the order. 4 retirees (25*) – Jamie, Tom, Steve (yet to lose his wicket in the shortened format of the game) and Chris. We then skittled them for 106. With Tom taking a superb 4 wickets, recovering from an expensive first 5 balls for 18. Jamie taking 3 “for 10 runs”, (as he was keen to remind us after the 3rd beer) and Ian taking 2. Their tail wagged, but some shrewd captaincy put paid to that and it was off to the Richmond Arms for more victory ales. Highlights: Rob (Robbo/Rocco!) smashing his first ball which was the last ball of the innings, for 4. Tom trying a reverse sweep to impress his parents. Phil taking an excellent legside wicket keepers catch.

Lavant v Elsted – Sun 29th May

Lavant welcomed Elstead, a mixed side of youth and experience. Having won the toss Lavant chose to bat. Openers Harry and Jamie put on 54 before the mid order wickets started to fall. Fortunately, the innings was stabilised by an partnership between Miles (30) and Dan, ably supported by John (21), ending on 154. Taking to the field, Lavant’s catching proved effective at supporting fine bowling by Jamie (3-35) and Tom (3-15) swing Elstead out some 25 runs short. The champagne moment was awarded to Sam for his excellent catch deep in the field, almost face planting to hold the ball just above the ground.

West Meon v Lavant – Sun 12th Jun

Lavant fell short against a resolute West Meon; regretfully our batting (97/10) struggled to make sufficient runs (Jamie – 49) leaving our bowlers with too few runs to defend; however, there was some solid bowling and fielding on show to aware respectability to our performance, notably Jamie (3) supported by Alex (1) and Chris (1); eventually West Meon made over our runs with 5 wickets remaining.

West Ashling v Lavant – Sun 26th Jun

Lavant bowled West Ashling CC out for 108 in 32 of a 35 limited overs game, making the required winning runs with 3 wickets in hand. From the start, Lavant’s bowlers were relentless in pursuit of wickets, ably supported by fine catching in the field (Rob/Rocco) amazed all once more with a fine catch at square) of the Lavant bowling attack, Alex took 3/27, well supported by Tom, Chris, Jamie and John, rolling back the years with seven overs for 2 wickets. Lavant’s batting was solid from the off – Harry (24), Chris (35) and Steve (22), collectively comfortable making the required runs to win, finishing with a fine six from John on his first ball.

Lavant v Chidham – Wed 29th Jun [Midweek game]

The winning bubble has burst. Chidham’s total of 145 was 25 runs too many for Lavant. A valiant chase but sadly the mountain was too steep.

Ebernoe v Lavant – Sat 2nd Jul

Lavant won the toss and chose to bat, scoring 165 in 35 limited overs, thanks largely to Ben (24), Lee (22), Steve (67) and Mark S (22), the latter pair enjoying a 51 run partnership. Taking the field, once again the bowlers were resolute in keeping Ebernoe in check – Alex began making inroads into the Ebernoe wickets (22/2), John contained their batting and took a crucial match turning wicket of the left handed skipper (1/26), well supported by Steve (21/2) and Phil (15/2) – (yes really!). I have to mention some fine committed catching by Ben, the 2nd holding a big six attempt deep in the field.

Lavant v Shirrel Heath – Sat 10th Jul

On bright hot sunny day Lavant welcomed Shirrell Heath to the village field of dreams. Skipper for the day (and only for the day) Lee Russell won the toss and elected to bat in a 35 over game. Opening with a mixture of youth and experience Jamie Howick and Chris Elliott tried to attack the Heath opening bowler’s. Youth perished first, Elliott (13) not able to stay with the impressive Howick. They followed a fair list of batsman who came and went, none able to match the dominant opener. Until he was joined by the youngest player of the day Elijah (17). Following a change of gloves and lots of liquid the inevitable was reached (102*), at which point taking the applause of everyone at the ground he put his bat under his arm and walked off. Then the better Russell, Samuel (15) helped bring the final score to a slightly under par 180. Lavant’s opening bowler’s looked to have the measure of the Heath batsman. With Steve King taking a wicket in his first over. However, it proved a tough day for Lavant with only Elliott (3-16) making a real impact. And although 6 wickets were taken, Heath reached the winning total in the 26th over. The post match chat and drinks were enjoyed by everyone who stayed behind at the ground. Special mention to Mark Hamilton who in the spirit of the game agreed to play for the opposition to make the sides even. MOM – Jamie Howick. MOMENT – Samuel Russell catch.

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