Melbourne finally play some cricket

York Vale League

Melbourne 155-5 (Woodfine 3-36, Bielby 2-37)

Stillingfleet 156-2 (Muirhead 63)

With the Stillingfleet pitch still unfit for play in the fourth week of the season, Stillingfleet were eager to take up Melbourne’s offer of a switch of pitches as Stillingfleet had, up to the point, not seen a ball bowled this year.

After a delayed start to allow the wet wicket to dry, Melbourne won the toss and elected to bat, with Malcolm Harrison and Alex Barlow at the crease. The two started off steadily, looking for the loose ball, until Harrison was bowled by Woodfine in the fifth over. Barlow, after making 10, was on his way back to the pavilion in the seventh over after being caught by the keeper off the bowling of Woodfine and leaving Melbourne on a worrying 24-2.

Oliver Steels’ batting with Will Nicholson remained focused and the two added another 29 to the board before Steels was bowled by Bielby. Nicholson, after making a good 31, became Woodfine’s third victim in the 20th over. Andy Wilson found his form of previous years and, along with Brian Underwood, the two added another 22 before Underwood (12) was bowled by Bielby. Andy Wilson was joined by Nick Boyd and the two played some excellent cricket frustrating the Stillingfleet bowlers when, in the ensuing eight overs, they added a further 65 runs to bring a total of 155, Wilson finishing on 39 not out and Boyd 30 not out.

In reply, Stillingfleet made a good start, easily finding the boundaries and Muirhead and Corfield seemed unstoppable. However, Brian Underwood put paid to this when he caught and bowled Corfield (33) in the 11th over. With Stillingfleet on 104, Muirhead was finally dismissed in the 17th over after having made 63. Thomson and Johnson continued where the other two left off, quickly reaching the required total in the 23rd over; Thomson making nine not out and Johnson 39 not out.

Many thanks to the match ball sponsor - Pocklington Window Centre. Next week sees Melbourne at home to York in the first round of the Scothern Cup.

Foss Evening League

Melbourne 76 (Fairburn 2-10, Livingstone 2-13, Harris 2-15)

Heworth 80-2

After getting to week three of the season and not a ball bowled, Melbourne - with captain Harry Collins at the helm - looked like getting off to a good start with Freddie Collins and Tim Blackmore at the crease.

However, Collins was bowled in the third over by Livingstone when on four. Blackmore was joined by a succession of players; Sam Shipley dismissed for a duck, Steels bowled the ball after hitting a six straight over the pavilion and Boyd also bowled for nought by Huffer.

Callum Quarton made a good nine before being bowled by Harris. Blackmore succumbed to a catch by Ravenhall off the bowling of Fairburn in the 12th over after making 27. Andy Collins made six before being bowled by Harris, Nick Eastoe was bowled by Fairburn, Jamie Kirby made a good seven and showed potential before being caught by keeper Sykes off the bowling of Gillies. With Harry Collins making one before being run out, Brian Underwood finished on three not out in the 16th over.

In reply, Heworth Colts made 12 before losing the wicket of Ravenhall after he was bowled by Underwood. Edge was bowled in the following over by F Collins. However Coughlin and Sykes continued to find the runs, despite good tight bowling by A Collins and H Collins. Heworth reached the required total in 16.2 overs, Coughlin finishing on 30 not out and Sykes on 36 not out.

Many thanks to the match ball sponsor - Pocklington Window Centre. Next week sees Melbourne at home to Ovington.

Canon Hedley Cup

Melbourne 127-4 (Underwood 58*)

Escrick 111-5 (Room 3-10, Underwood 2-30)

Melbourne played Escrick in the first round of the Canon Hedley Cup, where all participants have to live within the parish.

In poor conditions, Melbourne batted first with Joss Room and Ben Thompson at the crease. Room made a good 17 before being caught by Moislet off the bowling of Steel. Ben Thompson, having played an impressive innings, was joined by Ian Underwood and the two added a further 74 before Thompson was bowled by Stables after making 38. With only an over remaining, neither Oliver Steels or Howard Wilson had much choice other than to lash out. However, it didnt work when both were caught out. Ian Underwood finished on a well deserved 58 not out.

In reply for Escrick, D Wilson and C Thomson both looked sound and it wasnt until the 11th over that the partnership of 77 was destroyed when Room bowled Thomson (38), and the following ball from Room saw Stables off. When Wilson (46) was caught by keeper Steels off the bowling of Underwood with the score at 97 it looked hopeful for Melbourne. Underwood also went on to take the wicket of Brandon and Room dismissed Steel. Escrick finished on a creditable 111, 17 runs short of a win.

The next round sees Melbourne play Elvington.