Having been invited to bat Eastbourne College’s openers scored freely off the bowling of Josh Burrows and Jacob Smith. The pitch looked friendly as the visitors progressed quickly to 81 by the ninth over, before they lost their first wicket, when Martlets wicket keeper Qazi, caught Tomlinson 33 (20 balls) off the bowling of Burrows.
Runs continued to flow easily until Mark Trubshaw joined the attack to bowl the 13 over. Trubshaw dismissed the other opener Hindley for a fine 59 (42 balls), as the College moved to 111-2.
Trubshaw took four more wickets during his spell of 8-0-46-5, the visitors progressing to 194-6 from 26 overs.
Derek Horsham, Arran Aris and Sam Carter were treated roughly by the College’s batsmen, as Headley 22, Kent 29 and Chambers 56 not out added 121 from the last 14 overs.
Smith, Burrows and Sam Carter shared the last four wickets, as the visitors were dismissed for 315 in the 40th over.
Between innings a fine socially distanced lunch, was enjoyed by all, in a marquee.
Martlets requiring a run rate of almost 8 run an over to win, opened with Sam Carter and Jacob Smith. The visitor’s pace bowlers who were played on merit, proved unsuccessful in the first half of the innings.
Spin was introduced, for the twentieth over, the change was immediately successful as A. Kent and T. Hindley began to take wickets.
Carter 59 (64 balls) was bowled in Kent’s first over, the opening partnership had produced 133 runs at 6.5 runs per over. Hindley’s opening over saw the dismissal of Loveday for no score, leaving Martlets at 138-2.
Martlets moved on to 165 before they lost their third wicket, Hindley dismissing Smith l.b.w for a fine 76 (74 balls).
Debutant Aris 20 (33 balls) was the only remaining batsmen who appeared comfortable against the spin attack ,as the Martlets last seven wickets fell for 39 runs in eleven overs.
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