Melbourne lose the first match in Division One

Stamford Bridge 133-5

Melbourne 117-7.

Stamford Bridge won by 16 runs.

In Melbourne’s first match in Division One, Melbourne’s opening bowlers Collins brothers Harry and Freddie pegged back Harper and Rhodes allowing them just 16 runs off the first four overs.

A change of bowlers brought Oliver Steels and Matt Beevers to the crease and thanks to a superb catch by Ross Marshall, Harper was dismissed for 11 off the bowling of Beevers.

Milner was caught by Aj Clarke in the same over to make it 29-2. However, Dom Rhodes was in fine form and made the most of any loose ball, allowing the board to roll to 62 before Robson was caught by Tim Blackmore off the bowling of Seb Ainsley for seven.

Stevens was run out in the 16th over but it wasnt until the 18th over that Rhodes was finally dismissed after making a good 78 when he was bowled by Harry Collins.

Stamford finished the 20 overs on 133 with Murphy on 10 not out and Hewitt unbeaten on11.

In reply, Melbourne lost the early wicket of Blackmore when he was caught in the third over for three by Rhodes off the bowling of Vasey.

Steels and Freddie Collins batted solid for the next 10 overs before Collins was caught by Beckett off the bowling of Hewitt (3-36) when on 16.

Two wickets fell in the 16th over off the bowling of ex Melbourne player Natty Burge 
(3-35) when Steels, after making a good 47, was stumped by the Stamford keeper and Clarke was bowled.

Melbourne were on 90-4 in the 17th over when Ian Kirby was bowled by Hewitt and Harry Collins was caught by the keeper.

Matt Beevers was on form and made a quickfire 31 before being bowled by Burge in the final over.

Melbourne finished the 20 overs on 117, 16 runs short of victory.

Many thanks to the match ball sponsor Jelf Insurance Partnership.

Ben Johnsons 115 all out,

Melbourne all 91 all out.

Ben Johnsons win by 24 runs.

With the two teams meeting for the second time in two weeks after their Hph Cup game, in which Melbourne came away the winners, Ben Johnsons won the toss and elected to field, a decision they were possibly regretting when they lost their opener Anderson when he was caught by Ross Marshall off the bowling of Brian Underwood in the fourth over.

Wragg followed him back to the pavilion in the ninth over after being bowled by Harry Collins.

The board read 35-3 off 12 overs when Steels dismissed Drew to a caught and bowled.

The next 17 overs saw Holland and Reynolds buckle down and find runs from any loose ball that the Melbourne bowlers sent their way and the figures on the board improved.

Reynolds, after hitting 37 which included three sixes, finally fell in the 29th over when he was bowled by Aj Clarke.

The same over saw Lovett dismissed for a duck.

Holland was out in the 32nd over when he was bowled by Collins after making 28.

Thornton and Castle were another two trophies for Collins (4-20) both being bowled.

Ten-man Ben Johnsons finished on 115.

In reply, Melbourne lost the early wicket of Blackmore in the second over when he was caught by keeper Holland off the bowling of Wragg, and Steels and Collins had to buckle down and find runs wherever they could.

In the 17th over Steels (20) was bowled by Walker (2-31).

Clarke joined Collins and the two added a further 32 before Clarke was caught off the bowling of Wragg (2-31) in the 24th over.

Collins continued to bat sensibly but was run out in the 27th over when on 23.

Melbourne’s lower order struggled against the bowling of Thornton (4-27) and wickets fell regularly with Harrison, Eastoe, Underwood all bowled and Jamie Kirby out lbw.

Ten-man Melbourne finished on 91, 24 runs short.

Next week sees Melbourne away to North Duffield in the Hph Cup.

Many thanks to the match ball sponsor - Johnson Haulage