New Milton cricketing brothers Tom and Josh Arnold have been making a bit of a splash locally.
Fresh from a successful winter in Melbourne, elder brother Tom spent the bulk of last weekend bat in hand at the crease.
He got his eye in by carrying his bat for 80 not out through New Milton’s 184 (and a subsequent 16 run defeat) at Alton.
And followed it up in some style by scoring 116 as Dorset dominated their Minor Counties Championship match against Devon at Sherborne, without pulling off the victory they deserved. The rain which washed out the second day’s play saw to that.
It was Arnold’s second Minor Counties century for Dorset and included a hefty 177-run second–wicket stand with Bashley Rydal’s Josh Digby (70), who was in the opposing dressing room at Fernhill today. Dorset made 328-6 and had Devon up against it at 90-3 when the match ended in a draw.
Not to be overshadowed, younger brother Josh was in impressive form too – with both bat and ball for New Milton’s second team against fancied Hampshire League opponents Ropley.
Arnold junior fought virtually a lone battle, scoring 55 and later taking 3-15 as Milton made Ropley fight all the way for their eventual two-wicket win.