09:00PM, Wednesday 18 May 2022
After Marlow CC lost their first game of the season, captain James Martin was extremely keen to see his side bounce back and, fortunately for him, they did just that in a formidable fashion against Tring Park 2nds at the weekend.
On Saturday, Marlow – spearheaded by Imran Nawaz (106no) – bettered Tring’s 213-run target from the first innings in just 25 overs, sacrificing just two wickets in the process.
Will Bovill (43) and Dominic Spencer (43) also proved profitable with the bat as the side took a valuable 23 points from the encounter and moved into fourth place in Division 2A ahead of their trip to Amersham 2nds.
“We unfortunately lost last week so I was really keen to see us bounce back by putting in a strong performance and we did that,” said Martin.
“I think everyone played really well on Saturday. Our batters were fantastic, knocking the target off in 25 overs, and that was spearheaded by Imran who was unbeaten for 106. All around, it was very pleasing day to recover after a bad result against Wraysbury on the first day of the season.
“This weekend we are away at Amersham and we’re very much looking forward to that. The club have a lovely ground and we won there last year so we are hoping to go and put in another good performance.
“I am not sure how they got on in the first week to be honest, but they did lose last week. Yeah, we do a little bit of research into our opposition but nothing strenuous. As long as we focus on our own performance, the win often comes to fruition on the pitch.”
Having taken the captaincy from Sergio Feede, Martin is optimistic of ensuring Marlow have another lucrative campaign and push to get promoted to Division 1 after narrowly missing out last year.
“Without wanting to jinx anything, we’re all very hopeful of having another successful season and having a good go at promotion,” he said. “We want to get Marlow back into Division 1 next year for sure. We had a successful 2021 as we only lost two games in the league and it was very nip-and-tuck between us and Henley as to who was getting promoted.
“I have captained several other clubs during my time, but I have been at Marlow now for five years and decided to take the captaincy from Sergio.
“It comes with a bit of admin but it’s all good fun. The lads are easy to manage and we have got a really nice mix. We’ve got a couple of older guys with a lot of experience and then we’ve got some exciting young players who are breaking into the squad and really showing a lot of promise.
“It works really well and we’re very lucky that the experienced guys, such as Graeme Paskins, are willing to pass on their knowledge to the younger ones. It has certainly aided their development for sure.”
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