MARTINSTOWN 267-3 (19pts) beat HAMWORTHY REC 264-8 (6pts) by seven wickets

HENRY Lewis cracked a stunning unbeaten 109 as Martinstown recorded back-to-back home wins, defeating Hamworthy by seven wickets at Lower Ashton Farm.

Lewis lifted his bat for a maiden Martinstown century after scoring 50 in the opening game against Christchurch, while Ed Nichols registered his 77th fifty for Town.

In a high-scoring affair in Wessex Internet Dorset Premier Two, Hamworthy made use of good batting conditions despite losing the toss.

Lewis (2-27) struck early to remove Rec skipper Alex Peel (5), before the visitors moved through the gears.

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Curtis Driver anchored the innings with a solid 65, with Ty Stroud and Matt Avery (both 30) scored fluently.

However, the real damage was done by Elliot Dawson, who smashed 70 from just 45 balls as Martinstown struggled for rhythm, while also dropping catches.

His towering knock included 11 boundaries and two maximums, before he too succumbed to man-of-the-match Lewis.

Martinstown’s death bowling restricted Hamworthy to 264 and what seemed a slightly under-par total in warm conditions was quickly endangered by the Town batters.

Nichols and Lewis shared a gigantic 167 for the first wicket as Hamworthy’s bowlers toiled away, conceding 65 extras in 46.2 overs by the close.

Their wayward lines were punished as Nichols and Lewis picked off the bad balls, each scoring 34 and 62 in boundaries respectively.

Although Nichols departed to Ryan Kelly (1-42), Lewis continued to reach his majestic century and eventually carried his bat.

Accompanied by Sean Williams (15) and Ry Gerety (22), who smeared three sixes, Town comfortably got home with 22 balls to spare.

Skipper Charlie Durant told Echosport: “It was a long, tough day. I won the toss and bowled first. I didn’t get a lot of approving looks.

“We didn’t bowl or field anywhere near where we should, but the lads know that.

“But, I don’t want to take anything away from the batting side. Ed and Henry have put on such a good opening partnership.

“It just set us up from there. For your opening batter to carry his bat, you don’t want any more.”

On Lewis, Durant said: “He’s opening the batting, opening the bowling. He’s an all-round very good cricketer.

“He does it all with a smile on his face, he’s a lovely bloke. I’m really happy for him. He’s played for the club for 20 years, moved away, come back and finally got his first ton.

“I’m buzzing for him and to do it in a win, we’re all very happy.”

Martinstown Seconds lost to Poole Town Fourths by six wickets in County Division Four.