Sussex Martlets welcomed Band of Brothers to the castle on a lovely August day in a highly anticipated match. Carter and Hunt opened up fresh from their 100 partnership just 3 days before, but were broughtly firmly back to earth with two premier fast bowlers steaming in. 32-5 speaks for itself unfortunately as the hybrid wicket offered movement to accompany the speed and accuracy of Hulbert and Bee who between them bowled 15 overs, 4 for 18. Rebbetts and Cadle somewhat tried to stem the flow of wickets but at around 50-5 at lunch, it was a certainly different feeling from friday’s game against the juniors. Scoring against spin was certainly easier than the seam but still tough. Rebbetts was deemed stumped on 40 which frustrated Martlets as the only partnership of note ended on 48. Martlets continued to lose wickets and were bowled out for 128. Only Cadle (29) and Murray (18) offered any sort of resistance. A disappointing innings.
With the ball Murray did what he did best and frustrated the opening pair of Roberts and Stibbs and got his reward with the wicket of Stibbs for just 3. Roberts fell to the accuracy of Davies from the other end as Martlets started brightly reducing BoB to 20-2. However, as spin came on Burnap exploded, taking Peters for 5 sixes. Rebbetts removed Simpson for just 11, but the small total was soon obliterated as Burnap ended 88 not out from just 67 balls.Murray showing his class again with 1-12 off 8 overs was an excellent spell in the context of the innings. Fair play to BoB who played exceptionally well with a very strong team and we look forward to playing them back in Kent next year looking to redeem ourselves.
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