At last the Junior Martlets opened their season but in a year where mustering sides seems to have been difficult. Both teams had encountered problems raising an XI and the Martlets were grateful to St James’ for the efforts that they made. The Martlets batted first and captain, Toby Pullan, demonstrated the form that has produced runs in recent times and stormed towards a chanceless 100 in rapid time producing an array of superb shots. He was backed up by Albert Burgess as his anchor man. We then suffered a minor collapse before Jack Fletcher-Price stabilised the ship with a fine 61 to see us through to an excellent final total.
The Juniors attack proved too much for a young St James’ side, particularly the pace of George Ainsley who removed the opener with the first ball of the innings. Ben Cooke’s leg breaks were too tempting on occasions as were those of 13 year old Toby Shepperson who made his debut for the Juniors. Useful fielding and fine keeping by Alastair Orr made for an overall commanding performance.
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