Martley march to third win in high scoring affair
Martley 141/5 (VT 36*, Ganderton 29, Flower 28, Sweet 25)
Old Vigs 131/5 (Watt 0-22, VT 1-31, Ganderton 1-24)
Martley win by 10 runs
Martley made it 3 out of 3 despite a valiant run chase by Old Vigornians. Martley won the toss and as ever elected bat. Flower and Ganderton made full use of the late arrival of the last OVs player racing to 49/0 in just 3 overs.
The appearance of the final OVs player did little to slow the rate as the pair both reached 25 with consummate ease. Ganderton looked particularly easy on the eye angling the ball at will to the gaps.
The score was an incredible 73 after just 5 overs as new men VT and Martin Sweetsettled in at the crease. The new pair showed no let up and at the end of the 8th over the score was 111 with VT also getting 'back in the hutch' as he reached 25. Sweet followed him a matter of balls later with his best knock of the season, leaving Martley in the unparalleled situation of having all of the top 4 waiting to come back in. Unfortunately this is where the innings stuttered somewhat with the tail taking just 9 runs from overs 10 and 11.
This led to 5 wickets falling in the last 11 deliveries of the innings as the returning batsman were all run out in a kamikaze fashion. VT was the one undefeated batsman managing to run a '2' off the final ball of the innings despite only hitting the ball a matter of yards!
141 a great total but OVs dragged the innings back when at one stage 170 did look beyond the distinct realms of possibility.
OVs came out firing and at 51/0 after 4 overs were up with the rate, and suddenly Martley were just starting to get a little nervous. The OVs opening bat hitting 3 boundaries in one Alex Basford over to race to 25. However this platform was stunted following the retirement of the other opening batsmen.
The first delivery of Simon Van Tongeren's spell saw the first wicket fall, as his strangled appeal was met in the affirmative by the umpire. The ever reliable Stuart Watt followed this up with another good over, Watt not afraid to put the ball 'up there' with his full length, challenging the batsman to drive for the back wall. Watt would finish the most economical bowler on either side with figures of 3-0-22-0.
Despite this Martley never quite shut the door on the opposition. A stunning Alex Basford run out, off balance with one stump to aim did leave the visitors 2 wickets down but an equation of 39 off the final 3 overs meant it was very much squeaky bum time. VT swung the game back in Martley's favour with an over that went for just 8. Akin to the Martley innings, the last over was high drama which saw 3 wickets fall - 2 simple run outs and a rearrangement of the furniture courtesy of James Ganderton.
Overall a win against a good side, but one that could have been a lot more comfortable that it ended up being.
Man of the Match: Simon Van Tongeren - a key protagonist in the game who excelled with bat and ball.
Martley go again on Monday 5th March when they face Hallow.
Thanks to all who made it to the ground to help with Clubforce Day.
Fair amount of work done, and new fencing around the ground should save a lot of ball-hunting time.
Thanks to the junior members pictured above who bravely stopped the roller from running away!