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Bentworth and Lasham Cricket Match

Bentworth and Lasham Cricket Match

On Bank Holiday Monday, May 4th, two teams drawn from residents of Bentworth and Lasham (and district!) took part in a friendly cricket match at Bentworth Cricket Club.

Blessed with a sunny day, after a weekend of rain, a late flurry of interest resulted in two sides of 15 taking to the field, with an age range in excess of six decades! With about 40 spectators also present there was an expectant crowd that awaited the umpires, Ben Flenley and Dave Maltby, and for the battle to commence.

Having won the toss, Bentworth opted to bowl first. Lasham batted with purpose from the outset. Highlights of the Lasham innings came from Stuart McCandish and Sam Thomas, both of whom retired at the maximum 15. Ollie Withers showed great promise with the bat, outlasting his father’s stay at the crease by some margin! Bentworth bowled well with all players bowling at least one over. Of particular note were the performances of Timmy Gay who returned figures of 2 wickets for 9 runs, and Max Hill with 2 for 17. Millie Blockley also bowled a lovely, if unrewarded spell. Special mention should also go to Leigh Walsh for the catch of the day diving full length to his right, a feat that seemed to surprise Leigh as much as it did the spectators.

As the game progressed, Sigi Hill and her team of helpers, fired up the barbecue and soon the smell of burgers and sausages was speeding up the over rate, as the players anticipated the interval.

Lasham finished with a very respectable total of 103 off their 20 overs, and returned to the pavilion for welcome sustenance.

Suitably refreshed, the players returned to the field for the start of the Bentworth innings which got off to a flying start with Nick Gay accumulating his 15 with just a few mighty blows. Lasham, however, stuck to their task and bowled tidily throughout, not allowing Bentworth to build momentum.

Tim Blockley also reached 15 before retiring, but the miserly bowling of, in particular, Charlie Mawson, Ollie Neal, Max Toth-Ridler and again Ollie Withers, together with the excellent, if at times eccentric, wicket-keeping of Joe Thomas meant that Bentworth gradually fell behind the run rate. Max Hill and Connor Weinszcak batted well to keep Bentworth in the game, but by the time Bentworth’s skipper Richard Hill came to the wicket with one over to go, his team still needed 30 to win. This was too much even for a man of his talents, and so it was that Lasham ultimately ran out winners by 24 runs.

Following the game, Reverend Ben was tasked with choosing the Player of the Match, and after due consideration, Ollie Withers was selected for his contribution with both bat and ball.

All in all, the event proved to behighly enjoyable and thanks must therefore go to everybody who participated in the match, helped with the catering, or simply came to spectate. It was lovely to see two generations of many Bentworth and Lasham families playing in the game.

Special thanks must also go to Jan Smith for producing the magnificent trophy awarded to the player of the match.

Thanks also to Henry Berens for the use of the ground, to Peter Caine the groundsman, and to Maxine for scoring, and almost keeping up with everyone’s names.

Ken Thomas

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