We won 12 out of the 18 games we played during the season (2 more than 3rd placed West Malvern). This included seven wins in a row until yesterday's defeat to champions Claverley.
Here's a brief report.
Martley Seconds are celebrating after finishing second in Worcester League Division Four Second teams, despite losing their last game of the season to champions Claverley.
But a very inexperienced Martley first team were well beaten at Avoncroft.
The Seconds batted first at Claverley and lost openers Stu Watt and Tom Butler, both without scoring.
Useful contributions from Rob Ganderton (28), John McGhan (31) Shahnawaz Shamim (39) and James Edwards (29) saw them to 175 for 8 off their 45 overs.
Openers Darren Morris (71) and Kamral Choudhary (30) gave the home side an excellent start.
Tej Uppal with 1 for 36 off ten overs was his usual consistent self and Owen Birchley returned 1 for 33 in 7 overs.
Although Martley chipped away the home side were not to be denied and romped home with seven wickets to spare.
FIRST TEAM UPDATE
Martley Run Out Of Steam
Finally the first team player tank ran out of resources, with both Martley sides down to the bare bones skipper Mark Johnson had little choice but to insert Avoncroft on a track that was to yield another 580 runs in a season that the Jewry Field square has produced thousands of runs. Johnson and Pete Gardner opened up and bowled well with little reward, Johnson being the victim of Murray cutting firmly to deep gulley, who had been positioned there at the start of the over, only for Alexander Basford to let the ball burst through his hands. Fortunately, this only cost a dozen runs as Johnson produced a ball for the camera’s, off stump sent cartwheeling. It was about now that late arrival the injured Will Basford joined the fray, being wheeled into short mid-wicket like a Subbuteo Test Match fielder but he did save some runs during the course of the Croft onslaught. Josh Cound and Ben Warwick then set about flailing a 250 run partnership against an ever wearying attack, the only notable performance was Johnson (3/67) who picked up 2 late wickets and bowled with heart, lungs and muscle (one for the older players) and a cheeky 2/52 from Ben Court from 5 overs. The only blot on Johnson’s copy book was a straight forward drop at mid wicket that he inexplicably threw over the boundary for six as well, taking the chance would have given Pete Spencer his maiden first team wicket. Avoncroft eased to 401 for 5, Cound finishing with 143 and Warwick 134*.
Tea produced by the Bromyard Butcher Pete Gardner was a veritable cake fest courtesy of Mandy Gardner presented on no less than 2 three tiered cake stands, I love that Lemon Drizzle. So in the Gardner family we have a butcher, a baker and I wonder what his father does??
With the lure of the 20/20 final on the horizon the Martlets were not going to die wondering in their pursuit of the monster target. Richard ‘Bolt’ Birchley went for a sharp single early on forgetting he had the legs of a 58 year old and was run out by a direct throw from mid on. Basford Snr then joined Basford Jnr with junior racing to 50 off 22 balls crashing the ball to all parts and at 95 for 1 off 10 overs all was quiet in the Avoncroft camp and the Martlets could dare to dream. Alas on 59 and the only person who was going to get Jnr out succeeded, himself, driving to get caught at deep extra. From that point the innings fell into steady decline witnessed from the other end by Basford Snr (76*) who hit a few lusty blows down the ground but the inevitable end came in the 30th over, Martley finishing on 179 ao just managing a 2nd batting point taking 4pts over all. Martley finishing 7th in the table and taking into account the opposition a season of under achievement, even allowing for the World Cup debacle. Players will have to look at greater availability and some more recruits for next year if the club are going to get any where near 2 sides out.