CRICKET: Martinstown storm to the summit

TOP OF THE PILE: Martinstown before their encounter with Wimborne & Colehill Seconds. Back row, from left: Ross Stewart, Chris Read, Ryan Chase, Rob O’Brien, Sam Kershaw, Liam Banfield, Rachel Bailey (scorer). Front: Matt Rimmer, Henry Lewis, Ed Nichols

TOP OF THE PILE: Martinstown before their encounter with Wimborne & Colehill Seconds. Back row, from left: Ross Stewart, Chris Read, Ryan Chase, Rob O’Brien, Sam Kershaw, Liam Banfield, Rachel Bailey (scorer). Front: Matt Rimmer, Henry Lewis, Ed Nichols

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MARTINSTOWN 253-8 (20pts) beat WIMBORNE & COLEHILL SECONDS 190 (8pts) by 63 runs

MARTINSTOWN stormed to the top of the Premier Two pile with a resounding 63-run success over Wimborne & Colehill Seconds at Lower Ashton Farm.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, looking to pile the runs on in the heat, the home side lost openers Dave Herbert and Henry Lewis cheaply and things looked bleak at 23-2.

But this proved to me a minor blip in the home side accumulating a huge total, as skipper Ed Nichols and Sam Kershaw then steadied the ship with knocks of 47 and 30 respectively as the innings gained stability.

Martinstown then surged through the gears through all-rounder Ross Stewart.

Batting at seven, Stewart fired an unbeaten 72 off just 68 balls with eight fours and two sixes, aided by tailenders Matt Rimmer (20) and Liam Banfield (34) to propel the home side’s scoring rate to more than five runs per over, as they posted an impressive total of 253-8 from their quota.

And after some good work from Ryan Chase with the ball at first change as he snared three Wim-borne & Colehill wickets, Tom Adams was then the hero for the home side with the ball as he tore his way through the Wimborne & Colehill tail.

Although Wimborne skipper Darren Jones made a notable 51, he was stumped by Nichols off the bowling of Adams, who claimed a remarkable 5-23 from 3.5 overs to put the game beyond doubt.

Martinstown remain unbeaten in Premier Two this season, winning four out of their six games to reach the league sum-mit on 88 points, with two games called off due to the weather.

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