Lakenheath dispatched as Melford record home win

HOME WIN: Long Melford bowler James French in action during their seven-wicket victory over Lakenheath
HOME WIN: Long Melford bowler James French in action during their seven-wicket victory over Lakenheath

MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION TWO

Long Melford 140-3 beat

Lakenheath 139-9

by seven wickets

Long Melford bounced back from their defeat at Copford to see off Lakenheath by seven wickets at the Meetingfield on Saturday.

After suffering their first defeat of the campaign in their previous outing, Stuart Whitehart’s side were looking to bounce back with a win to maintain their unbeaten home record, as they took on a side rooted to the bottom of the Division Two table.

With the visitors intent on securing a first victory of the season, Melford were aiming to secure more points to build on an encouraging start to the 2015 season.

The opening bowling partnership of Gareth Boon and James French made an immediate impact, as the Lakenheath opener Dominic Palmer went for just a single run.

Whitehart came into the Melford attack, with wickets beginning to fall as the visitors struggled to find any runs.

Lakenheath skipper Shane Leech offered some resistance with a gritty 40, however without any significant middle order partnerships, the overs rolled on and the total stagnated.

Tom Barnard (2-26) collected two wickets in the middle overs, but it was Boon (4-39) who was the standout performer with the ball for Melford, taking four wickets from 14 overs to esnure Lakenheath did not pass the 100 run mark until over 37 of 45.

The visitors finished with a below par score of 139-9, and after the interval Melford quickly went to work in chasing down the target, having fielded well in the afternoon.

Hugh Walters piled in with one six and three fours before being dismissed for 33 runs, while Barnard (24) departed four overs later.

Adam Matthews (40 no) steadied the middle order with another impressive innings, as Lakenheath claimed just one more wicket.

Joe Harvey (17) went for lbw before Sarmad Murtaza (18 no) helped steer the hosts to victory.

The victory moves Melford up to fifth in the Division Two table, and gives them confidence heading into a clash with leaders Ipswich at the Meetingfield this weekend.

n Long Melford II (184-8) maintained their winning start to their latest Division Six campaign, thrashing St. Osyth (43) by 141 runs.

Cameron Stace got the Melford innings off to a flying start with 10 fours and one six, before being run out for 52 runs.

Bill Byford (57) also notched a half century, with Dan Willingham (30) making a significant contribution to help the visitors finish on 184-8.

Melford bowlers Matt Hoadley (5-23) and Dave Routledge (4-17) were rampant with the ball, taking nine wickets between them to help bowl the hosts out for a paltry 43 runs.