A cloudless sky and an extremely flat wicket made the toss unusually important and sadly it was duly lost by the Martlets, who were asked to field. Under the burning sun the bowling was very tidy and the fielding was sharp, but virtually no chances came our way, with the school side racking up 301 in 53 overs. Of particular note was the 2nd wicket partnership of 173 between captain Max Garvey-Windrich (115*) and Surrey EPP 15 year old Will Jacks (who was caught at deep square leg on 95 – very KP). No catches were dropped, no run out chances missed, they just batted beautifully.
In reply we felt confident of getting close. A long batting line up and enough time for 50, left us with optimism. Unfortunately runs on the board provided pressure, and whilst school boys play every day, a number of the Martlets line up were a little rusty. We proceded to give wickets away through run outs, caught and bowled and chips to mid-wicket. A frustrating tumble of wickets that left us nearly 150 runs short. Undoubtedly their ability to bowl spin at both ends proved crucial as we handed our wickets to them meekly.
A sad result, but a splendid day played in glorious sunshine and in an excellent spirit.
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