Brilliant 144-run win for big-hitting Melbourne

Melbourne captain Paul Coe won the toss against Acomb and elected to bat.

With Oliver Steels and Tim Blackmore at the crease, the two remained steady until the 10th over when Steels was caught on the boundary on 14.

Blackmore was joined by Ian Scott and the two made the most of every loose ball, putting on 113. Blackmore eventually fell to a catch by wicketkeeper Burton, off the bowling of Coulson, when on 87.

Anderson (one) again could not find form with the bat, falling lbw to E Littlewood. Malcolm Harrison made three before being bowled by Cook.

After hitting two sixes and 11 fours, Scott was finally dismissed in the 35th over, when on 82.

With every ball needing to count, Paul Coe hit a quick 33 before being run out.

Brian Underwood added a further 24 and finished not out, along with Ben Thompson on five not out.

It was a terrific innings by Melbourne, which included five sixes and 32 fours, to finish on 279.

In reply, Acomb got off to a good start making 65 before D Littlewood (23) was bowled by Dave Coe in the 14th over.

Burton (38) was stumped the following over by Blackmore off the bowling of Harrison. Stroughair made just three before being bowled by Harrison, as was Buckton who made 19.

Crawford made nine before being caught by Scott to bring Harrison his fourth wicket of the day.

With Acomb on 111 for 5, a change in the bowling brought Ben Thompson into action who had Rawle (seven) caught by Scott with his first ball of the over. Thompson also had Coulson (10) out lbw in the third over of his spell.

Preston (nought) and Johnson (five) both fell to catches by Dave Coe and Nick Boyd off the bowling of Steels.

Acomb were finished off with a catch by Paul Coe to see off Cook (two) three balls into Nick Boyd’s first over. F Littlewood finished on five not out.

Melbourne 279 for 6 off 40 overs

Acomb 135 all out off 37.3 balls

Result: Melbourne won by 144 runs

Many thanks to the match ball sponsor: The Insurance Partnership.

Next week sees Melbourne at home to Thixendale.