06/09/20: Chidham & Hambrook CC v Gosport CC
Chidham & Hambrook 178 all out (33 overs)
Gosport 139-7 (35 overs)
Hawks win by 39 runs
Chidham & Hambrook had to wait until their final game of the season to record their first victory with a comfortable 35 run win over first time opponents Gosport.
The match was due to be played at Gosport's ground but had to be moved to Bosham due to a last-minute fixture change and the opponents arrived early to take in the ambience of the Delling Lane ground. Gosport were advised beforehand that Chidham hadn't won all season and so it was probably best to bring a weaker team across to Sussex - something that the Gosport players kept repeating as the match slipped from their grasp - "bring a weaker team they said!"
Skipper Davey won the toss and sent regular openers Phizackerley (unbeaten at the crease all season) and Burt out to bat. Burt was soon gone for a duck but his replacement Peterson, playing only his second game of the season, soon got a good partnership going with Phiz and made a decent 39 runs before being caught. Davey and newcomer Ajit both scored 11 runs before being bowled and caught respectively, Smith was stumped for 1, Wild was caught for a duck and then the unthinkable happened - Phizackerley finally had his wicket taken when being caught out from a Boswell ball but not before he had recorded 52 runs. O'Donohoe added a very tidy 28 runs to the scorebook, Rawlinson went for a duck and when Strudwick was bowled out on 9 runs, tail-ender Steve Clark with his single run jumped for joy as he remained the only Hawks player all season not to have had his wicket taken.
The Hawks produced an excellent bowling display which included 7 maiden overs in total with the wickets being generously shared around (brace each for Peterson and Phizackerley) to restrict Gosport to 139 runs in their 35 overs. Debutant Ajit in particular, overwhelmed the visitors with his leg break bowling and conceded just 11 runs in his six overs with 1 wicket and 3 maidens to show for his efforts.
I suspect Gosport will field a much stronger side against the Hawks next season if the fixture is scheduled.