The Martlets lost the toss and were inserted. Although Michael Loveday went quite cheaply, Ollie Bell joined John Goodacre and these two “blasts from the past” scored at rapid rate creating a strong platform for our innings. Playing “Golden Oldie” rules, both had to retire at 40 but reappeared when the wickets fell to record 58 and 71 respectively. Another strong contributor was the evergreen Willie Boone who started his “retiring” over on 36 and by the end of it had amassed 68! Adrian Berendt looked in form and together with him there were steady additions from the remainder; in the 38th over, of this 40 over match, the Martlets were bowled out for a very respectable 298.
In Cuckfield’s reply, we bowled steadily but in the first 15 overs they kept up with a demanding rate and it looked as though they would rise to the challenge very effectively. Andrew Cantrell nagged, Michel Loveday challenged, Willy Boulter was economic, Jon Filby teased, Willie Bicket rolled the years back, Derek Horsham menaced and Ollie Bell, who had been taken off after 2 overs for being too quick, came back with demanding spin! Although only 5 wickets fell, Cuckfield came up short after their 40 overs, scoring 248 – 5, resulting in a win for the Martlets of 50 runs.
It was a most enjoyable afternoon in excellent company and it was the perfect example of why Seniors cricket will become, with greater momentum, very popular.
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