Brooke edge past Martham to win Lady Mary Trophy
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Brooke overcame a brave challenge from underdogs Martham to claim an exciting one-wicket victory in the Lady Mary Trophy final at Manor Park.
Having secured promotion to Division Two of the Alliance the previous day, Martham were in good spirits for their showdown with the reigning Premier Division champions and gave a good account of themselves at the home of Norfolk cricket.
Finn Grist and Louis Smith opened after Martham had won the toss and decided to bat and made a solid start before Grist fell for 24.
They then reached 90-1 before a mini collapse saw Smith (25) and Alex Sayer (32) dismissed and all of a sudden they were struggling on 100-4. A mid-innings recovery then followed with some good stroke play from both Lewis Dunn and Simeon Randell before, with the score on 160, Dunn (33) was caught and bowled by Will Grisley.
It looked like Martham would be struggling to reach 180 but some spirited hitting by Randell and Allen (14 not out) took the score along to 185 before Randell (29) was caught off the bowling of Brooke captain Rob Setchell.
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The innings closed at 201 for eight, leaving Sam Clabburn with figures of 4-35.
The Brooke openers put on a commanding 89 for the first wicket before Ben Watson was bowled by Muthu Lanka for 37.
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Brooke, with Andrew Carver and Matt Collinge going well, added another 38 before Carver was lbw to Chanchalani for an excellent 40.
Brooke then went through a middle order collapse, losing their next four wickets for nine runs, before Clabburn and Setchell added what would be a match winning partnership of 52 which was ended when man of the match Clabburn was bowled by Lewis Dunn for 43.
However, there was more drama with Brooke losing both Grisley and Brandon Ling for ducks before captain Setchell (19 not out) and last man Sam Hardesty saw them over the finishing line. Dunn finished with the excellent figures of 5-31.
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