Cricket: Melbourne overcome Ovington by five wickets

Melbourne won the toss and put Ovington into bat. Brian Underwood and Martin Anderson bowled extremely well and the Ovington openers Whale and Svenson were severely restricted making just eight runs in eight overs before Svenson (three) was run out going for a second that just wasnt there.

Cole had made six when he was caught by Calum Burge off the bowling of Underwood in the 11th over.

After a five-minute break for rain and the board reading 24-2 off 16 overs, Whale (12) was caught by Melbourne wicketkeeper Matt Beevers.

Two further wickets fell in the following over when Steels caught Baqui (two) and Beevers caught Hale off the bowling of Underwood (3-16).

Anderson (2-16) bowled Stamman in the following over to put Ovington on 29-6 off 18 overs.

A change in bowling saw Ben Thompson and Harry Collins in action. Collins (3-13) bowled tightly and was rewarded with the wicket of Littlewood (14) who was caught by Beevers, for his third catch of the day, in his second over.

Bun Busby used the occasional opportunity to add much-needed runs to the board. Callam Burge dismissed Ovington skipper Sam Pragnell (two) in the 28th over when he was caught by Dave Coe. Collins wrapped up the innings in the 35th over with the bowling of Walker (five) and Puckering out lbw for a duck.

Busby finished on 21 not out, Ovingon on 79.

In reply, Melbourne lost the early wicket of Liam Barlow,who was bowled by Busby. Tim Blackmore and Oliver Steels added 31 before Blackmore (22) was out off the bowling of Svenson (2-26) in the 13th over.

Beevers had made seven when he was also caught off the bowling of Walker (2-40) in the 18th over.

Steels (14) was caught out in the 21st over by Hale off the bowling of Svenson.

With Busby bowling tightly, Harry Collins and Martin Anderson had to wait for the occasional loose ball at the other end, but patience paid off with Anderson hitting the winning ball in the 30th over.

Anderson finished on nine not out and Collins on 20 not out.

Many thanks to the match ball sponsor: The Insurance Partnership.

Next week is a free week for Melbourne, with play resuming the following week in the Scothern Cup at home to Acomb.

Ovington 79

Melbourne 80-5

Melbourne won by five wickets.