Martin: 'It was nice to get the bar open early after comprehensive victory'

Mark Dozell took 6-13 in Marlow's 10-wicket win.

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James Martin said it was ‘certainly enjoyable to get the bar open earlier than usual’ after Marlow CC comprehensively defeated Bushy Park by 10 wickets on home turf at the weekend.

Batting first, the visitors were restricted to 124 all out from 34.5 overs, largely owed to Mark Dozell’s tremendous 6-13 and an inspiring 1-8 from new signing Taran Sohi.

In reply, Marlow’s chase was as straightforward as it was sublime thanks to Imran Nawaz (63no) and Will Bovill (62no), with the second innings coming to an end after just 20.3 overs.

“When the wives and girlfriends think you are playing until 8.30pm, finishing at 4.45pm is quite enjoyable,” said Martin.

“We had some selection issues earlier in the week, so we went into the game a little bit unprepared than normally, but a fantastic fielding and bowling display really set us up to win.

“We had a new lad open the bowling called Taran Sohi. He joined us at the start of the year, but it was actually his first time bowling for the club. He bowled seven overs, three maidens, one wicket for only eight runs, which was very impressive.

“Then the more experienced character of Mark Dozell, who has been at Marlow for 15 or 20 years now, took six wickets for 13 runs in 5.5 overs, so that was equally impressive.

“Until you’ve actually batted on a wicket, you don’t want to tempt fate too much, but we were feeling confident we’d win.

“The lads who opened the batting for us did so beautifully and got 63 and 62 respectively. Imran and Will showed good intent which is quite important when you are chasing lower totals.

“It was certainly enjoyable to get the bar open nice and early. The 2nds and the 3rds were both playing relatively locally too so they came back and had a drink after our match. That tends to happen most weeks now and it’s great for club spirit.”

Marlow will now turn their focus to this Saturday’s clash against Kew, opposition that are very familiar to Harry Williams.

Last year, the bowler stole local and national headlines after taking 10 wickets and throwing four maidens in 10.1 overs against the London-based side.

“We travel to Kew this weekend and I think Harry is most looking forward to the game,” said Martin. “He is probably very keen on achieving something similar to what he did last year, yeah.

“That story made national news so Harry had to make sure he was walking through double doors for a couple of weeks just so his head could fit. But anyway, Kew are a nice club and it’s a nice location to play cricket. They are having a good season and are only one place behind us in fourth position. We have Harry Spear back this week too. He had been in St Lucia for a few weeks so to have him available and for us to be close to full strength is great.”

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