Junior Martlets v Brighton & Hove City Clubs XI played at Hurstpierpoint College
Junior Martlets 289 for 8 (40 overs) Joe Ludlow 111, Toby Pullan 85, Sam Cooper 30, Will Wright 25.
Brighton & Hove City Clubs XI 162 all out (33.1 overs) Dan Stokes 3 for 31, Dom Keats 2 for 31.
Junior Martlets won by 127 runs
Having won the toss the Junior Martlets decided to bat and Joe Ludlow and Dominic Keats moved the score on quickly before Keats was caught with the total on 20 in the third over. Ludlow and Toby Pullan then dominated the bowling with some fine stroke play to take the score to 158 when Pullan fell for 85. Joe Ludlow remained to complete a well deserved and mature hundred. He was backed up by a quick fire 30 from Sam Cooper, which included four sixes in one over! Will Wright also chipped in with a useful 25, which helped to take the final score to an impressive 289.
The opening spells from seam bowlers Joe White and Ed Firth were tight and the Martlet ground fielding top class. All this combined to make scoring difficult for a fairly young Clubs side. Will Wright, an excellent change bowler, and Ben Candfield continued to exert the pressure, which really put the target out of sight. The surprise leg spin of Dom Keats offered temptation while Dan Stokes seamers also made in-roads. Ben Graves left arm spin resulted in a spectacular catch at mid off by Ben Candfield. It was a very convincing win and again a fine team performance.
Oh yes…. A first…. The originally selected side of two weeks ago was the one that took the field!
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