Sussex Martlets lose to Eastbourne College
Eastbourne College 216/6 (50 overs); Ollie Carter 53
Sussex Martlets 132 (40.3 overs)
Eastbourne College field was resplendent in the fine sunshine coast weather, although the wicket was a little damp from the preceding day’s rain, Martlets winning the toss and bowling looking to make inroads into the colleges batting line-up.
Jordan Shaw and Aussie Andy McGorian opened the bowling and the former picked up the first wicket with a fine catch at gully from Daniel Arms. The next 20 overs proved a cagey affair, with 60 runs scored, mainly by sensible batting and strike rotation then Jacob Smith struck with a fine delivery that turned from outside off and clipped the leg bail in an umpires-call fashion. This dismissed Zimbabwe U17 T Muyeye for 32. Smith bowling ten straight overs to finish with figures of 10-1-29-1.
Johnny Heaven turned the tide for the Martlets with tight bowling, picking up a couple of quick wickets including opening batsman Ollie Carter for 53. At lunch Eastbourne College were 101 for 4 from 32 overs. Heaven (7-1-14-3) returned after lunch and picked up a quick wicket, however skipper Joe Pocklington batted through the remainder of the innings, the Eastbourne youngster scoring 47 not out, and giving the College 215 to defend.
The Martlets reply did not get off to the best of starts, Dan Arms (5) chopping on in the second over as the wicket dried and got slower. Daniel Smith and Jacob Smith batted through to tea with the skipper happy at 45 for 1 from 11 overs.
Unfortunately five overs into the final session saw a calamitous run out as Jacob Smith (16) had to depart, Daniel Smith upped the ante before he was caught for 43 off the bowling of O Streets. The Martlets innings never really recovered and wickets fell too frequently (seven wickets in 50 runs) to muster any sort off challenge on the targeted score.
The pick of the Eastbourne College bowlers was Muyeye with figures of 9-1-20-3.
Thank you to Rob Ferley and Eastbourne College for hosting and providing a wonderful lunch and tea, and thanks to the umpires and scorers on the day.
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