Slow start costs Melbourne

Copmanthorpe Second XI 180-5 (M Anderson 2-19, B Charlton 2-50)

Melbourne 134-10 (A Byers 5-27, R Atkinson 2-32)

Copmanthorpe won by 46 runs.

With the opening game of the season cancelled the previous week, Melbourne were keen to get out of the starting blocks. Melbourne, with Nick Boyd at the helm, won the toss and elected to put Copmanthorpe seconds into bat on a bitterly cold afternoon at the MCG.

Ben Charlton and Martin Anderson opened and both bowled well, restricting the Cop openers to 36 off 16 overs when Anderson dismissed Atkinson (10) to a caught and bowled.

Two overs later, Anderson struck again, thanks to a brilliant diving catch from Ben Thompson, to take the wicket of Liebenberg. With Cop on 39-2, Oakes entered the scene and, along with Cop captain Newton, the two added another 24 before Newton (28) was caught by Ben Charlton off the bowling of Brian Underwood. Oakes and Byers proved hard work for the Melbourne bowlers, both finding boundaries, resulting in a partnership of 74 finally being broken when Byers (42) was out lbw off the bowling of Harrison. Oakes (55) lost his wicket when he was bowled by Ben Charlton. Copmanthorpe finished the 40 overs with Wood on 21 not out and Martin on six, bringing the total to 180-5.

In reply, Melbourne got off to a disappointing start, losing the wickets of Ben Thompson and Ian Kirby, both bowled by Byers, and Oliver Steels who was bowled by Atkinson. Martin Anderson looked settled until he decided to hit out and was caught off the bowling of Byers when on 13.

With Melbourne on a worrying 48-4, stalwart Malcolm Harrison hit a good 24 before being caught by Newton off the bowling of Wood. Brian Underwood joined Nick Boyd at the crease but made a wrong call and was run out when on four. With Boyd edging the score along he was joined by Alex Barlow who made a good 13 before being caught off the bowling of Atkinson. Jack Evers, making his debut, made a good five before being bowled by Byers. Melbourne captain Nick Boyd, after playing an exceptional innings, finished on a very well-deserved 48 not out, Melbourne finishing 46 runs short of victory.

Many thanks to the match ball sponsor - The Insurance Partnership. Next week sees Melbourne at home to Malton and Old Malton.