Nine-man Melbourne win

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Melbourne 158 all out

Stillingfleet 118 all out

Melbourne won by 40 runs

With Melbourne’s senior player announcing his retirement and hanging up his boots and others at York Races, Melbourne could only turn out nine men for their league game against Stillingfleet.

So, captain Harry Collins, on winning the toss, elected to bat first.

With Johnson and Warner bowling well, the fifth over saw Steels back in the pavilion and number three Ben Thompson followed in the seventh over dismissed for a golden duck, both by Johnson.

Blackmore found his form again from last season and along with AJ Clarke added 38 before Blackmore (23) was caught by the Stillingfleet keeper Hyde, again off the bowling of Johnson.

Clarke made a good 45 before being bowled by Woodfine in the 22nd over when the board read 86.

Jamie Kirby became Johnson’s fourth victim of the day netting him figures of 12-2-30-4.

Matt Beevers batted well with Collins and a 50-run partnership followed before Collins (21) was caught by Corfield off the bowling of Gill 
(2-15) in the 37th over.

Beevers followed him back to the pavilion four balls later following a catch from the Stillingfleet keeper having made a good 40.

Si Houlder and Andy Collins added a quickfire 19 in the last three overs before Houlder] was run out off the last ball of the innings.

Andy Collins finished on nine not out. Melbourne posting a creditable 158.

In reply, Melbourne bowlers quickly had Stillingfleet on the back foot with Clarke in the second over dismissing Hyde, who was caught by Ben Thompson, and Johnson bowled for a duck.

Stillingfleet had just eight on the board when Harry Collins (4-23) bowled Gill in the seventh over.

Muirhead joined Murray and the two looked settled until some quick fielding work from Melbourne saw Muirhead run out when on four. Warner made just two before being bowled by Andy Collins in the 17th over.

With the board on 74, Ben Thompson took his second catch of the day, again off the bowling of Harry Collins to dismiss Neilson who had made 15.

The 30th over saw Corfield bowled by Jamie Kirby.

Bielby and Murray nudged the board along making the most of any loose ball and patience paid off for Melbourne when Murray (46) was caught by Kirby off the bowling 
of Clarke (3-20) in the 34th over.

The 37th over saw Woodfine bowled and Jenkinson caught by the Melbourne keeper Matt Beevers to end the Stillingfleet innings on 118, 40 runs short of victory.

Bielby finished on 18 not out.

Many thanks to the match ball sponsor Johnson Haulage.

Next week sees Melbourne home to Clifton.