The last match of the season witnessed Fernhurst's Sunday XI challenge Lodsworth the for the inaugural 30-30 Frostbite Trophy. After a wet week, the day was supported by glorious September sun creating conditions for a grandstand finish to the season.
Batting first Fernhurst spluttered, with opener Joe Unwin (again blaming a broken bat) bowled for 5 and Will Dyer (made to wear a helmet due to ginger hair) caught for 3. Chris Williams and Tim Freeman looked good but were out for 20 and 12 respectively. Coming in a 5, playing much to the fury of his wife (currently his wife) the skipper Westley rode his luck and smashed a nifty 85 ably supported by a Bill Gourlay big hitting 35 not out. Cameos from Jon Meier (7), Simon Vigar (5) and Sam Meier (2 not out) allowed Fernhurst to set an impressive 180 from the allotted 30 overs. Even the less mathematically astute could work out this was a run a ball.
The never routine but always high quality tea, provided by the dedicated and temporarily sober wives, provided a brief pause in the action.
Opening the bowling on a wet wicket, Joe Unwin and Sam Meier quickly found their range and the pressure was on as Lodsworth started slowly. However after Joe Unwin bowled the opener, Lodsworth's No 2 and 3 went to work quickly smashing 54 and 32 respectively. A tight game was now on as the visitors began to match the required run rate. A dramatic end to the season was afoot and heightened by the neighbour's bonfire bellowing smoke across the pitch. Like a 1980s pop video, making full use of dry ice Rob Unwin came out of the smoke from the Mumbai Indian end and, bowling tightly, removed the dangerous Nos 2 and 3 with help of catches by Vigar both times.
Rob Unwin and Mark Langridge's tight bowling and wickets slowed the rate down to a point where the batters had to attack everything. Enter Chris Williams, the pick of the bowlers, with figures of 4-17 as he tore through the tail-end. Joe Unwin closed off the match and the season by bowling the last visitor, Lodsworth closing on 136.