Melbourne didn’t get off to the best of starts when they lost four wickets in the first seven overs, Tim Blackmore in the second over when he was bowled by Spofforth, Freddie Collins bowled by Snowden, Clarke caught by Lyer off the bowling of Spofforth (2-10) and Steels caught off the bowling of A Wilson (3-3) to put Melbourne on 21-4.
Fortunately, Ian Kirby proved the mainstay for the team and found the boundaries to move the board along. A Wilson took a couple more wickets along the way with Alex Romaniw out lbw and Ainsley bowled.
But, with Harry Collins joining and supporting Kirby well, Kirby had notched up a much-needed 38 when he was caught off the bowling of T Wilson (2-21) in the final over of the innings. Collins finished on seven not out.
In reply Bolam and Lyer made light work of the Melbourne bowling and found boundary after boundary before Lyer was caught by Melbourne keeper Oliver Steels when on 29 in the ninth over. Bolan hit the winning six the following ball to finish on 47 not out.
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Melbourne’s Hph Cup game against North Duffield is rescheduled for Sunday 1 June. Saturday they are at home to Stillingfleet.