Melbourne CC suffers dual defeats

Oliver Steels - Melbourne
Oliver Steels - Melbourne

After a rain-delayed start for Melbourne’s game against Bishopthorpe, the home side’s opening partnership of Steels and Thompson was ended with the fifth ball of the first over when Steels was caught on the boundary for nought.

Lambert came to the crease and made a good 34 before being caught. Thompson, having batted sensibly, made 16 before being bowled. Underwood made 13 before also being bowled. Charlton made five as Melbourne finished the 16 overs on 86-5, with E Oliver on five not out and H Collins unbeaten on one.

In reply, Bishopthorpe struggled, losing early wickets to the bowling of both Collins (3-33) and Charlton (2-13), at one point being five wickets down for only 18 runs. However, Markham and Featherstone - batting at seven and eight - were both in form and knocked off the required runs, making 89-8, with eight balls to spare.

In the second round of the Scothern Cup, Melbourne were put in to bat by Hirst Courtney.

On a bowler’s wicket where runs were difficult to find, Tim Blackmore was caught by T Osborne in the fifth over.

Ian Scott could not find the form of previous weeks and was caught by B Howard off the bowling of Dunn (2-20) when on four. Matt Beevers also could not find his previous form and was caught by P Alford when on 14. In the 21st over, with the board on 49, Oliver Steels (16) was run out. Underwood was stumped by Hinch off the bowling of Winter for a golden duck. Nick Boyd, after batting well for 11, was caught by P Alford off the bowling of Bean.

Charlton made three and Harrison got nine, both out off the bowling of Winter (4-12). Ben Thompson made a good eight but was out lbw off the bowling of Howard (2-18). Nick Eastoe finishing on three not out, with Melbourne reaching a total of 82 all out off 39.1 overs

In reply, Hirst lost the early wickets off Hinch (nine) and Lawson, both of whom were caught by wicketkeeper Beevers off the bowling of Charlton (2-22). Celdon was caught by P Coe off the bowling of B Underwood (1-29) but a 57-run partnership between Goddard (29 not out) and Dunn (32 not out) saw the required runs achieved within 19.2 overs.

Many thanks to the match ball sponsor Northern Crop Driers.

Next week sees Melbourne return to league cricket at home against Thorpe Willoughby.