Cricket: Melbourne take the away win at Acomb

Melbourne travelled to Acomb last weekend, and returned with a win by five wickets.

Acomb won the toss and opened with Hughes, who had scored 98 the week before, and Williamson.

Hughes was a crucial wicket to take and the 20th ball of the innings saw Brian Underwood clean bowl him for two runs when there was just nine on the scoreboard.

Williamson (14) followed three overs later when he was caught by wicketkeeper Matt Beevers off the bowling of Natty Burge. Acomb lost two more wickets in the three following overs when Burton was caught by Oliver Steels off the bowling of Burge and F Littlewood was caught by Beevers off the bowling of Underwood to put Acomb on a worrying 32-4.

Lennox and Jacques added 58 before both were dismissed in the 20th over.

Crawford and Rawle struggled against the bowling of Collins and Malcolm Harrison, adding just 14 to the board in seven overs before Crawfordw as the third catch of the day for Beevers off the bowling of Harrison, putting Acomb on 104-7. The final board read 123 all out.

In reply for Melbourne, Liam Barlow and Ben Thompson got off to a good start with Barlow hitting the first ball of the innings for six. Williamson caught Barlow off the bowling of Preston.

With the board on 25, Thompson was bowled by Preston. Steels was joined by Beevers and the two added a further 25 before Beevers was caught by Woodworth off the bowling of Rawle in the 14th over.

Steels and Collins complemented each other and both played some fine shots before Steels, after making 34 including three sixes, was caught by Hughes off the bowling of Burton in the 23rd over.

In an attempt to stem the Melbourne batsmen, Acomb’s opening bowlers returned and this saw Dave Coe dismissed when he was caught in the 29th over. Collins quickly knocked off the required runs and the 124 was acheived in 31.5 overs, Collins finished on 29 not out and Alex Barlow on 1 not out.

Thanks to the match ball sponsor - Johnson Haulage. Next week sees Melbourne at home to Ovington.