Junior Martlets 221 for 4 (40 overs) Brad Gayler 59, Greg Wisdom, Alex Cooke 31no., Jonny Newland 26no., Matt Sawyer 20.
Brighton and Hove City Clubs 192 all out (35.5 overs) Jamie Hutchings 3 for 49, Joe White 2 for 18, Matt Sawyer 2 for 17, Sebastian Marlow 2 for 39.
Won by 29 runs
Batting first the Martlets found scoring hard against an accurate bowling attack that was backed up by fine fielding. After a sound start Michael Harris had to watch a bail totter before it eventually fell to earth. Brad Gayler joined Greg Wisdom and the pair put on 91 with both reaching half centuries. This gave the remaining batsmen a base from which to attack in the final overs. Matt Sawyer followed instructions and played his natural game to increase the scoring rate! He was followed with an excellent final flourish by Alex Cooke and Jonny Newland.
The City Clubs set off with a will and although the opening partnership was broken by an excellent catch by Ben Meyer-Atkin too many loose balls allowed the batsmen to remain in the ascendancy. The seamers of Joe White and leg spin of Sebastian Marlow tightened the screw and suddenly life became more difficult for the batting side. Vital wickets were taken and the complexion of the game changed. Matt Sawyer joined the attack and continued to pin down the batsmen. An outstanding display of wicket keeping by Brad Gayler with 3 stumpings standing up to Matt Sawyer and the pace of Jamie Hutchings sealed the fate of the batting side. It was truly a masterclass in the keeper’s art.
This was a fine win played against the strongest opposition that the Junior Martlets have met in their season. All those playing were part of an excellent team performance.
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