Slow start costs Melford

MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION TWO

Long Melford 225-9 lost to Woodbridge 226-3

by seven wickets

After Long Melford won the toss and chose to bat first things did not go to plan as they were 80-4 off 20 overs.

Hugh Walters then came to the crease and soon got things going with a brisk 97 from just 73 balls, including 13 fours and two sixes.

Walters fell with the score at 171-6 and Melford managed to get 225-9 from their 45 overs.

Woodbridge started very quickly, going at the ball hard and reaching 102 after 20 overs.

The going was tough for the Melford bowlers as Woodbridge took lots of risk with no reward for the bowlers.

Woodbridge reached the target with only three of their wickets down in 40 overs.

n A superb all-round performance by captain Matt Hoadley helped Long Melford II (172-5) to a much-needed five wicket victory at Kesgrave (170).

The introduction of Richard Budd to the bowling, after losing the toss, reaped immediate rewards.

He struck with his second ball, bowling D Gallant for 12 and then claiming S Dixey for six, well held at mid-wicket by Hoadley, the latter who helped see off Kesgrave with three wickets as they closed their innings on 170.

The pitch offered little to worry Melford’s batsmen, but Ray Black, Elliot Pinkham and Greg Wigens all fell before the score was past 60.

Craig Boon was run out after a poor call from Nigel Henbury as the Melford chase looked to be running out of steam.

But he made amends with a battling 31 while Hoadley peppered the boundary on both sides of the wicket.

Henbury departed with 51 needed for victory, but Chris Cleverley (18no) joined Hoadley and they steered the side home with five wickets to spare, the captain striking the winning runs to end unbeaten on 56.