Bowlers to the rescue at Melford
MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES
Long Melford 123 beat
Ipswich 77 by 46 runs
Ipswich travelled to Long Melford looking to extend their lead at the top, but some excellent bowling saw them well beaten.
Melford lost the toss, and Ipswich struck immediately, opener Steve Martin caught behind first ball.
Adam Matthews joined Hugh Walters, and some excellent running between the wickets kept the scoreboard ticking, but a poorly executed drive by Walters (9) lofted to point who took an easy catch.
Joe Harvey joined Matthews and they began to build a total, only for Matthews to undo all his excellent work and edge behind for 31.
Harvey began again with Sarmad Murtaza, but after Harvey (26) edged to second slip six overs later, Melford’s middle order collapsed.
Murtaza (9) dragged one onto his stumps, and when Stuart Whitehart went lbw for 0, Long Melford had lost three wickets in four overs and were reeling at 77-6 from just 24 overs.
Jason Wade (10) marshalled the tail with Dale Brett (0) and then Gareth Boon (12) before being caught on the midwicket boundary.
At 98-8 from 32 overs, Boon and James French (13no) began batting obdurately which took the total to 123 from the full 45 overs.
Boon was caught at midwicket, and Chris Cleverley (5) put up a high catch in the final over.
Opening bowlers Boon (2-16) and French (1-17) were soon among the wickets, reducing Ipswich to 37-3 from 19 overs.
Walters, supported by Whitehart and then Murtaza (1-11) at the other end, produced a restrictive and decisive spell, taking five wickets for 24 in his 10 overs.
n Long Melford are hosting a Royal London Women’s One-day Championship match between Suffolk Ladies and Oxfordshire Ladies on Monday, May 25, starting at 11am.