Hoadley can’t save Melford defeat

HUNTS COUNTY BATS

SUFFOLK LEAGUE

DIVISION THREE

Thurston 318-3 beat Long Melford 252

by 66 runs

Despite a career best knock of 159 for Matt Hoadley, league leaders Thurston inflicted Melford’s first defeat in six games.

Openers Smithers and Murray helped themselves to 123 and 140no respectively for Thurston as they took full of advantage of some very poor bowling.

In reply, Melford then went gung ho from the start knowing they needed eight an over to win.

The first six batsmen then went for just 95 runs until Saturday II’s team captain Hoadley entered the fray.

The target looked impossible until he smashed his way to 50 and then another for his first ton in a Melford shirt, leaving Thurston nerves jangling.

Hoadley then reached the 159, which is his highest-ever score, and very quickly the target was on.

But after hitting two full tosses for six, Hoadley then received another two which he missed and the frustration told when the fifth resulted in him chipping to mid-wicket.

n Young and old combined in Long Melford’s Sunday II’s six-wicket win at home to Walsham-le-Willows in Division Five.

The visitors set a total of 145, with the pick of the Melford bowlers being Daren Bigg with 5-40, helped by Nat with 2-25 and Mike Bigg with 2-33.

The game was then won by the 69-year-old John Stuck grinding out 51no to be aided by 16-year-old Phil King on 17no to put Melford in the top three.