MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION THREE: Long Melford 171-8 beat Abberton 125-8 by 46 runs
Long Melford 171-8
beat Abberton 125-8
by 46 runs
Long Melford battled through the weather to defeat bottom club Abberton and record their fourth consecutive win on Saturday.
With the weather against most clubs at the weekend, Melford were thankful to groundsman Ivan Whitehart for ensuring their ground was playable.
Abberton won the toss and put the hosts into bat to start a reduced 35-overs-a-side match.
Nick Wright and Steve Martin opened the batting and played well to get to 35 before the first wicket went.
Wright was caught out by Darren Davies for 15 before Martin (34) left Melford at 54-2.
Joe Harvey (1), Bill Byford (32) and Hugh Walters (35) kept the score ticking to reach 131-5, with Dave Booker and Gregan Savill taking their wickets.
Stuart Whitehart (22) smashed two sixes as the home side tried to set a difficult score for Abberton to reach.
Lee Phillips (1) and Craig Boon (0) were bowled and Gareth Boon (17no) and James French (1no) saw out the final overs.
Early wickets in the first two overs sent both of Abberton’s opening batsmen to the pavilion with just five runs between them.
A second wicket from Gareth Boon left the visitors at 29-3 from the first eight overs.
Another three wickets came in quick succession to put Abberton on 40-6 before the covers came on for a 30-minute rain delay.
When they returned, French bowled Matt Sullivan for 17 to end their seventh-wicket partnership of 36.
Whitehart ran out Aaron Trussler for 25, with the batsmen having recorded five boundaries in that time.
Melford pushed for the final two wickets that would have secured them the full 20 points available, but the Booker brothers hung on to finish on 125-8.
The win sees Melford sit third in the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three table on 90 points, 10 behind current leaders Brightlingsea.
Melford will search for a fifth win in a row when they travel to Coggeshall II on Saturday (1pm).
Coggeshall occupy sixth place in the table after seeing their away fixture with Bury St Edmunds II abandoned after being bowled all out for 116 runs.