Osian’s CC is the sporting branch of a Mumbai auction house, who boast a fine line in cricketing memorabilia due to the obsession of their charming captain Diggy Kathiwada. More used to the fleeting action of 20/20, this talented group of Indians were looking slightly weary at the end of a long tour. Paul Walker was itching to try out his spin against some Indian masters, but it was rather a case of buying wickets as the Osian’s posted an imposing total in the high two hundreds on a glorious day at this most lovely of grounds (made available at the last minute due to the kind offices of John Bettridge and the College). The young Matthew Sawyer, with intelligent left-arm swing and a phlegmatic attitude to having his good balls deposited over square leg by a beefy tailender with a three-pound bat and a good eye, took the palm among the Martlets bowlers. The Martlets batsmen got off to a flyer, and when Adam Davies decided to have one of those days, the victory was never in doubt. Adam unveiled his full repertoire in a dazzling hundred, and we won at a canter. The Osian’s were delightful guests who said all the right things about the glories of Sussex cricket (they also played Newick and St James’s), and would be welcome back.
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