Sussex Martlets: 185 – 9 (40 overs) Adrian Berendt 46
Cuckfield Seniors: 186 – 5 (37.3 0vers)
Cuckfield Seniors won by 5 wickets.
As part of a trial season, some of the more experienced Martlets took on Cuckfield Seniors on 18th September at their lovely ground which produced a good game of cricket in very social surroundings. The weather was kind and despite the seasonal bag full of sweaters and hand warmers we managed a 40 over game in a pleasant temperature. The Martlets’ side was: John Ashworth, Adrian Berendt, Willie Boone (wkt), Mark Bowden, Adrian Ford, Derek Horsham, Paul Lack, Colin Oliver-Redgate, Nigel Russell (capt), Derek Semmence and Rob Walker. We had first go on the artificial wicket with Ford and Berendt rolling back the years producing an opening stand of 62. Adrian Berendt went on to score 46 but sadly no-one else, apart from Willie Boone who made a powerful 42, made significant headway. However with a high Extras score we boosted our total to 185 – 9 in our allotted 40 overs. In reply our attack was generally tidy with Derek Horsham, Paul Lack and John Ashworth bowling particularly well but we lacked real penetration against a side who are used to playing every week. In the end, their experienced batting line up saw them over the line for the loss of 5 wickets and with just over 2 overs spare."
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