Sussex Martlets 153-8 in 40 overs
Armadillos 109 all out in 35 overs
Sussex Martlets won by 44 runs
Early September at the delightful Sheffield Park ground produced a dampish and challenging outfield. The Martlets elected to bat first and it soon became clear that the effects of the outfield were to play a significant role in the game. Hitting boundaries could only be achieved following an aerial route and lowish innings’ totals were anticipated. The Martlets lost wickets at regular intervals until steadied by a 5th wicket partnership of 67 between Henry Cope (34) and Mike Murray (45*). Hector Loughton batted fluently for his 27 and a late charge by Josh Burrows (15) bought the Martlets total up to 153-8. The Armadillos struggled equally in the conditions but some effective spin options produced by Rich Allum (3-23) and Mike Murray (2-2) restricted their run chase as they lost wickets regularly and were all out for 109. All the Martlets bowlers contributed successfully with the old master, Derek Semmence wrapping up their innings!
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