BROADSTONE 235-4 (19pts) beat MARTINSTOWN 234-9 (7pts) by six wickets

MARTINSTOWN were undone by a destructive Broadstone batting performance, losing by five wickets in their Dorset Premier League encounter at Delph Woods.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat first on a ground with notoriously small dimensions, Town built steadily as Ed Nichols (46) and Sean Williams (18) worked up to 67-0.

However, the duo fell in quick succession before another pair of wickets fell, this time Finlay Williams (5) and Will Maltby (11) as Peter Thompson (2-40) and Ben Parkin (3-42) picked up braces.

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Martinstown were 97-4 but solid contributions from Ry Gerety (38), Ryan Blair (37) and Matt Camp (35) – the latter hitting four sixes – helped the visitors to 234-9.

Their target seemed slightly below par but Martinstown did reduce their hosts to 67-3 despite a flurry of wides, Jenson Stewart (2-57) among the wickets.

However, Matty Whittle (74no) began to cut loose even after seeing Simon Wildbur (12) depart to Jacob Coombs (1-39).

He quickly surpassed his half-century and was joined by the swashbuckling Caleb Rowe (64no), who hammered eight sixes in bringing up his own fifty.

Rowe’s knock was extraordinary, coming off 37 balls, as he scored the majority of a 117-run stand with Whittle to take Broadstone home in style.

Martinstown host Cattistock & Symene on Saturday (1pm).