Junior Martlets (U.16) v Hampshire Hoggetts. Played at Warnford.
Junior Martlets 169 – 9 (40 overs innings closed) Ed Fairfax 32, Jo Gilligan 23, Ollie Bradley 23, Joe Seaton 21.
Hampshire Hoggetts 86 (34.3 overs) Jack Troak 2 for 7, Ollie Bradley 2 for 15.
Won by 83 runs
Although this was an U.16 game most players on both side fell into the under 14 or 15 age groups. A fair number made their first appearance under the Martlet banner and did themselves and the Club proud. Jack Troak won the toss and elected to bat. Ed Fairfax and George Read made a solid start, despite the fact that the recent weather seemed to have made wickets difficult for batsmen to score easily. A mature approach particularly by the former and Jo Gilligan moved the score on until we faltered in the middle. Ollie Bradley and Joe Seaton put on over 50 for the 9th wicket that changed the complexion of the innings.
The tight fielding and bowling was really the difference between the two sides and Jack Troak’s handling of the field and his bowlers excited considerable positive comment from senior Hogs. Joe Seaton made the initial break-through in his opening spell. This was followed by some lively left arm medium pace from Ollie Bradley. Leg spinners Jack Troak and Will Collard bowled superbly in tandem and lured the middle order into errors, while George Read and Alex Brazier tidied up at the end. Overall this was an impressive and disciplined performance.
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