Old Hurstjohnians CC

Martlets vs Old Hurstjohnians CC

Date: 5 Aug 2011

Venue: Hurstpierpoint College

Time/Result: Win

Match Manager: Stuart Ritchie

Umpire: John Betts


Match Report

Sussex Martlets 257 – 9,  Adam Davies 126

Old Hurstjohnians 238,  T Carr 101

The Martlets gathered in early August for the 80th running of the fixture against the Old Hurstjohnians (OJ’s). To their surprise, Semmence DJ was playing for the OJ’s and Martin CW had left at home the Martlets flag!

Thursday of the OJ’s cricket week had been a wash out and water had got under the covers. It was a good toss for the OJ’s to win and the Martlets were inserted. Carter SM and Forster GR (junior Martlet) made a good start until Carter, stuck in the crease, was adjudged LBW. Davies AH arrived and batted for nearly 2.5 hrs for 126 runs until cunningly deceived by the bowling of Semence DJ caught by the OJ’s captain Carr T. Of note in the Martlets batting was Berendt RJ with 8 runs not out outplaying his father Berendt AC with 3 runs out, Berendt senior not having played in this fixture for over 30 years, since his one and only previous appearance.

The Martlets declared just before 4pm on 257 for 9 having received 57 overs.

The OJ’s innings started with gusto no doubt due to over 1800 runs already having been scored in their cricket week. Sadly for Baxter B, president of the OJ’s Duck Club, he perished for another duck adding to a life-long tally but with a clatter of 4’s and 6’s and some injudicious strokes the OJ’s reached tea with 65-4. The leading light in the OJ’s batting was their captain Carr T who went on to score 101 but only after being reprieved by the Martlets after erroneously being given out LBW.

After the departure of Carr T, the OJ’s wickets steadily fell and the match entered its final stages. With all results still possible, Armstrong AR bowled at the death and took the final two wickets including that of Semmence DJ.

Thus the Martlets recorded only their second victory in this fixture in nearly 25 years. It was a good day for cricket and a good day for the Martlets. As always, the OJ’s were tremendous and generous hosts.

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