A beautiful sunny day greeted us in early June at one of the most idyllic West Sussex venues, along with a feast laid on by the College.The Martlets won the toss and opted to bat as is the tradition with the track hard, flat and true. We watched the class of Hugo Gillespie and Aran Arris (24) enjoy the day, putting on 61 for the first wicket in the opening hour. Guy Forster (5) aided Hugo followed by Ed McCarthy (20) and took the Martlets to 108. Henry Rydon (39*) joined Hugo and together they made hay with a great display of hitting the ball to all parts of the outfield. Hugo made up for his lost summer of 2020 and finally scored his first hundred at his old school, out for 108.The Martlets pushed on with Joe Akers- Douglas (10) and Harry Bennett (14) partnering Henry to post a target of 244 after the College had bowled their 40 overs.A delicious tea was taken, a bit of a novelty this season, supplied by the College caterers.A wicket in the first over for Harry Bennett followed by the second from John Ashworth had the College 24 for 2 and all looked rosy. It left James Carter and Charlie Tear at the crease, two very competent batters, who despite valiant bowling from Hector Loughton, Henry Rydon, Paul Walker, Hugo Gillespie and Arran Arris, calmly kept the run rate just above what was needed and saw the College home with 8 balls remaining.A great game played in the best of places and in the best of spirits. Thanks to umpire Mike Charman and scorer John Betts along with the Master i/c Chris Adams.The final run was a socially distanced single or two at the local pub, The Cricketers.
Footnote: Charlie Tear was selected for Sussex 2nd XI and,Scotland U19 during the 2021 season.
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