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Martley 2nd XI Season Review 2018 – 

The story of how the 2nds finished Second!

 

May (P3 W1 D1 L1 A1)

·      The first game of the season was disappointing. A soggy outfield and a 10 man team (lacking some of our senior players) led to a 5 wicket defeat away at West Malvern. The home fixture against Himley showed a significant improvement with JBB (72) and JMc (38) leading the way with a century opening partnership. However the visitors showed no signs of chasing their target of 214, only managing a miserable 122-5 (Tej 3-19) and the game petered out into a bore draw. The trip to Tenbury brought MCC their first victory of the year as they successfully chased down 222. Once again JBB was in good form with 82 but it was left to Goose (38 ret.) and TB (16*) to see the Dinkies home. Not before the last minute drama of Goose deflected a full toss into his face with 2 runs needed to win. Thankfully, after a visit to the hospital next door, there was no serious damage except to his looks! Daughter Katie insisted he wear a helmet in the future and that he has done!

June (P5 W4 L1)

·      After heavy overnight rain the game at Malvern favoured the bowlers. MCC restricted the home side to 116-7 (SB 3-17) at 57-0 the game seemed over but the loss of 7 wickets for 20 runs left the result in the balance. However Butler Snr and Jnr nudged us home with 8 overs to spare. The trip to Hanley brought another good win with JBB (59) and Goose (54) laying the foundations for a score of 223. Hanley made a good fist of the run chase and victory was largely due to Shaz’s 4-18 off 9 overs. The winning run came to an end at home to Stourbridge as the Martlets fell 22 runs short of their target of 203. Once again JBB (49) and Shaz (3-36) were the star performers. Next up was Romsley with SB taking charge of his first game as skipper. He decided to insert the opposition, a bold move, but the gamble worked and the home team made only 180 with TB (3-19) mopping up the tail. The game was set up for PB, returning for his first game of the year, to take centre stage. His rapid 97 seemed to have done the job but a mini middle order collapse left JK (29*) to see us over the line. Last up this month were Claverley, riding high at the top of the league. Once again tight bowling by MCC kept the visitors in check and left us chasing 183. Early wickets gave Claverley hope but Goose (79*) and Sweetie (39) secured victory with an excellent century partnership against a good attack.

July (P3/4 W1 L3)

·      A certain football match put paid the game against Halesowen! However a local derby against Hallow promised a more fruitful outcome when Tej dismissed their main batter for a duck. The Dinkies made further inroads into their batting line up (SB 3-26) but dropped catches left us chasing 217. Fast out of the traps JBB and JMc rattled up 50 in no time but a mix up between club stalwarts JBB & Goose led to the former being run out. Goose quickly followed for a duck but Sweetie (53) stepped up to the plate with his best knock of the season. The tail wagged as an unlikely win was on the cards until JW steered the ball straight to cover point with six needed from 10 balls. Back at Jewry Field the home team were shoddy in the field (52 extras) and West Malvern rattled up 270, although it was great to see MK (2-32) back in a Martley shirt again. MCC were always a bit behind the clock and lost wickets at regular intervals, eventually finishing 39 runs short on their target. However they had gained maximum bonus points from the game which turned out to be very important at the end of the season. The trip to Himley proved to be a pivotal moment of the season and marked the start of a seven match winning streak. JBB filled his boots for a personal best of 152 and Ben Court (40*) also joined the party as the Dinkies reached 328-7. Poor Himley never had a chance once a rain shower cost them seven overs and we ran out easy winners by 142 runs.

August (P4 W4)

·      The return fixture against Tenbury will live a long in the memory of DL. Arriving at the wicket with Martley struggling at 50 odd for 4 at drinks, he played the most accomplished knock of his life. He eventually reached his century (104*) in the last over of the innings, ably supported by Shaz (53). In reply, the visitors were blown away by Tej (3-13) and Shaz (4-21) and bowled out for only 61. Away to Averley, batting first, MCC once again scored over 250 for the third match in a row. This time the runs were shared around with newcomer DK (52*) top scoring. As the weather deteriorated we rattled through our overs and managed to get a result via WCL’s version of Duckworth/Lewis. Next up were Malvern and it was a case of ‘deju-vu’ in another low scoring game. Malvern only managed 110 with MK (3-29) and WD (2-13) the stand out bowlers. Martley’s reply started badly when JBB holed out in the first over, wickets fell steadily and we were in trouble at 58-6. However AJ (36*) along with ‘Boycott’ Butler (16*) at the other end secured the victory. Another ton, this time by RB, pulled off a great win against Hanley. Initially MCC seemed in control as Hanley slumped to 120 odd for 6 (MK 3-40) but a century partnership for the 7th wicket left the home team chasing 254. SW (24) and RB (130*) started well putting a 100 on the board without loss. By now RB was ‘huffing and puffing’ a bit so he decided to score most of his runs in boundaries. The game was still very much in the balance when JMc (28*) joined him to knock off the winning runs with 3 overs to spare.

September (P3 W2 L1)

·      Confusion at Stourbridge, over the start time, led to MCC conceding the toss with only six players at the ground! However this Martley team is resilient and regrouped quickly, even though the skipper and v-c were on holiday. Stourbridge were held to 151 with MK (3-27) and OB (2-6) doing most of the damage. Emergency keeper RG (57) opened up with SW (35) and racked up a century stand which set the Dinkies up for a comfortable victory with 15 overs to spare. After six wins on the bounce we were up to third and in sight of a top two finish. However we were up against Romsley, just a few points behind us in fourth place, and very much ‘in the mix’ for promotion. As in the earlier fixture SB was skipper. He called correctly, inserted the opposition and put faith in his (largely) young bowling attack. They delivered, bowling out the visitors for 126. As the weather improved, and with AB in the side, the target felt very reachable. However as ‘The Don’ well knows even the mighty can have an off-day and so it was to be for young AB. Suddenly 127 seemed a long way away as we were five down for less than 70. But once again the lower middle order saw us home. TJ (29) top scored with DK and SB eking out the winning runs. When news broke that West Malvern had lost we were in 2nd place with the outside possibility of winning the division!

 

·      The Final Game: Table topping Claverley were our opponents but with a 22 point deficit to make up JMc had to bat first when he won the toss. MCC lost both openers without scoring but a rebuild job was under way before Goose (28) hold out at extra-cover from a ball that would have been called a wide! Further contributions from JMc (31), Shaz (39) and JA (29) posted a fair score of 175 but the loss of eight wickets meant Claverley had secured 3 bowling points to make their position at the top of the table unassailable. There was still much to play for as the Dinkies needed a win to secure second place. Sadly it was not to be as their openers took a liking to our left-arm bowlers and raced 50 in no time. Tej plugged away bravely and OB continued to show great composure playing senior cricket but Claverley ran out comfortable winners by 7 wickets. As the team retreated to the pub they eagerly waited for news from West Malvern, whilst watching Worcester in the T20 final. Dazzler posted on facebook that he’d been told they had lost but it wasn’t until 10am on Sunday that the West Malvern result was confirmed and we could celebrate our success. Bravo!

PICTURES FROM THE FIRST TEAM GAME AGAINST FIVE WAYS ON OUR FLIKR PAGE

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FOR SIMON BUTLER'S EXCELLENT REVIEW OF THE JUNIORS SEASON GO TO THE JUNIORS PAGE.

AS SIMON SAYS WELL DONE TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE HELPED ORGANISE, COACH, TRANSPORT AND GENERALLY GOT STUCK IN TO GET THE YOUNGSTERS PLAYING THE GAME.

WELL DONE THE DINKY DOOS!!

RUNNERS UP DEPITE A LAST DAY DEFEAT.
BUT DEPLETED FIRSTS ARE WELL BEATEN.

Martley 2nds deservedly finish Div 4 runners-up for 2018! 

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.

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