Sussex Martlets 225 – 6 Charles Davies 66, William Wingfield Digby 60*
Christ’s Hospital 226 – 5 Luke Hansford 117*, Walker 78
The Martlets arrived in glorious sunshine for their fixture at Christ’s Hospital. Having won the toss and electing to bat, as tradition for this game dictates, Michael Loveday and Jonathan Hughes opened up putting on a useful partnership of 21 before Loveday was out caught. Coming to the crease was Victor Davies, our Kiwi guest currently playing at Three Bridges, who smashed a quick 29 in just 11 balls before being bowled going after one too many. A classic Martlets collapse from 63-2 to 67-5 resulted in the steadying influence of Charles Davies and William Wingfield-Digby coming to the crease for a partnership of 134 before Davies was out caught for our highest score 66. Having faced 56 overs, the Martlets declared on 225 with Wingfield-Digby carrying his bat on 60.
The plaintiff cries of Dave Brooks, ex CEO of Sussex CCC, that he was a wicket keeper and not a batsman were duly heard by the skipper who threw Brooks the gloves. The Martlets
took to the field with Victor Davies bowling his quick ball from one end and Graeme Watkins bowling his slow ball from the other. Watkins achieved the early breakthrough in his second over and Davies had a spell of 4 successive maidens, one of which was a wicket maiden. However, the Christ’s Hospital 1st XI captain Luke Hansford came to the crease and went on to score a confident 117 not out ably accompanied by Walker who scored 78. A flurry of wickets at the death gave false hope to the Martlets that victory could be grabbed from the jaws of defeat but it was not to be with the Christ’s Hospital 1st XI winning by 5 wickets with three overs to spare.
In conclusion, an excellent cricket match was thoroughly enjoyed by all and Christ’s Hospital were as always wonderful hosts.
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