Cricket: Tresco v St Martin’s

Tresco cricket pitch

Tresco cricket pitch

Report by Colin Daly

The end of the cricket season last year saw matches taking place to the accompaniment of boats being taken out of the water for the winter. During this match, boats were being put in.

The first match of the year for St. Martin’s was against Tresco and originally to be on St. Martin’s but our pitch was not ready so Tresco kindly agreed to host the match.

Both teams were short of a stalwart member, they being away on the mainland. So with the help of subs the 25 over match got underway at about 2pm on a cloudy but dry Sunday 19th May.

Tresco won the toss and decided to bat first. They put up a respectable total of 144 for 3. David Hamilton scored 39 at one end while son Luke topped him with 55 not out at the other. Captain John Taylor finished with 31 not out when the innings closed.

In the bowling no one stood out but Barney stumped two.

It was a daunting total for St. Martin’s to tackle and one of the openers hit a ball straight to mid on, in an attempt to get on with it. The ball stuck (in the stomach apparently), so one down with no score.

But then Barney Maclachlan came in and with opener Tony Goddard set about the bowling.

They scored 73 (Tony) and 54 (Barney). They were out 9 short of the required runs but with overs to spare. Ben Gillet soon polished those off for a victory for St. Martin’s.

Many players jogged off in the evening sunshine to check on the beer festival at the New Inn.