The Martlets won the toss and decided to bowl at the Castle. Both sides made steady progress: Brunswick’s run-scoring was positive yet the Martlets kept taking wickets, with the score at lunch 180 for five, from 34 overs and Shawn Johnson on 75 not out. A chance was missed to snare Johnson early and the Martlets could have found themselves a couple of wickets better off.
After lunch the controlled bowling of James Silk (13-3-29-2) got the rewards it deserved and a fantastic run-out from the skipper, had Brunswick in trouble at 199 for eight, only six overs after the break. Some rearguard action from Josh Beeslee (33 not out) aided by the tail saw Brunswick declare at 260 for nine.
In reply the Martlets negotiated the tricky period before tea and were well placed at 57 for no wicket. When Marcus Campopiano fell for 27 in the first over after the interval, Tom Cummins (31) picked up where his Cuckfield colleague left off and the run chase continued at pace. A flurry of wickets left the Martlets in a difficult position at 168 for six, Toby Pullen making a fantastic 74.
From here on in, the instruction was to entertain the crowd. Ed Blake, (26 not out from 19 balls) duly scythed the bowling to all parts but two wickets in the penultimate over sealed the Martlets’ fate.
A good competitive game played in an excellent spirit, thanks to all those who took part and officiated on the day.
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