Close game for Melbourne

Foss Evening League

Ovington 103-7 off 20 overs (Barrett 3-10, Collins 3-15)

Melbourne 95-9 off 20 overs (Asad 3-9, Bushby 2-9, Kitching 2-24)

Melbourne lost by eight runs.

With Ovington batting first, Melbourne got off to an excellent start with Neil Barrett bowling - a catch by Tim Blackmore, from the fifth ball of the match, saw Littlewood on his way back from the crease with the scoreboard still on nought.

By the fifth over, with the score on seven, Calum Quarton caught Kitching off the bowling of Barrett and he was also back in the pavilion after making five. Asad joined Svenson and the two added 42 runs before Svenson was bowled by Freddie Collins in the 12th over. Collins went on to take a further two wickets in the same over to dismiss Armes and Browning for ducks, one caught and bowled the other bowled.

When Harry Collins bowled Buckley in the following over, the board read 50-6 and it looked like it might be Melbourne’s night, but Asad was in fine form and upped the pace, despite the return of Barrett to the bowling seeing Payne despatched to a catch by Jamie Kirby. Asad finished the 20 overs on 63 not out and Bushby on eight not out as Ovington reached 103.

In reply, Melbourne opened with Tim Blackmore and Freddie Collins but Collins fell to a catch off the bowling of Bushby in the second over. Jamie Kirby looked settled until he was bowled by Kitchen after making seven. Tim Blackmore (19) was caught off the bowling of Bushby when the board was on 52.

With the score at 79, Sam Shipley (12) was run out. Asad was put on to bowl and, in his second over, he bowled Brian Underwood who was on form and had made a good 24. Melbourne needed 12 off the last over but this was not to happen after Asad bowled Barrett and Harry Collins was caught and bowled, Melbourne finishing eight runs short.

Many thanks to the match ball sponsor - M & D Kemp.

York Vale

Melbourne were unable to raise a team for their Scothern Cup game and had to concede the game to York.

Next week sees the return of league cricket, with Melbourne playing Welton and Brough at the MCG.