Rowledge youngster Ethan Martin has match-winning role

Saturday 14th May 2022 6:00 am

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ROWLEDGE youngster Ethan Martin has won the Southern Premier League’s Cricketer of the Week award for his heroic role in steering the Hampshire Academy to a remarkable one-wicket win over Havant at the Ageas Bowl Nursery Ground.

Martin, right, who is effectively on trial with the Academy, sent down a miserly seven-over spell with the ball, taking one for eight as Havant stumbled to 176 all out.

But it was with the bat that Martin and his tenth-wicket partner Oli Cordery won the match.

A batting collapse had left the Academy facing almost certain defeat when they came together at 79 for nine, with an unlikely 98 runs still needed for victory.

Undeterred, the last-wicket pair threw caution to the wind, smashing three sixes and 14 fours between them in a quite remarkable stand which swept the Academy youngsters to victory.

Martin hit an unbeaten 78 and Cordery 32 not out in the match-winning 98-run stand which carried the county hopefuls home with ten overs to spare.

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