MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Long Melford 92-1 beat East Bergholt* 89 by nine wickets
IT took Long Melford only 19.4 overs to knock off the winning runs and complete another commanding performance.
Batting first the visitors were overpowered by the home side’s bowling attack of James French, Manumur Rashid, Stuart Whitehart and the magical arm of John Cole.
Cole followed up his five wickets from the previous week’s last-ball victory at Sudbury with three more wickets for just nine runs from 6.3 overs; truly a flat track batsman slayer.
Skipper for the day Cole was backed up by Whitehart taking 3-19, French 1-37 and Rashid 2-21.
Only three of the Bergholt batting line up managed to make double figures, Tingley top score with 24 out of the total of 89.
It did not start well for the away side when they found themselves a wicket down in the first over.
They struggled to 68-4 before the lethal combination of Cole and Whitehart dismissed the remaining six batsman for another 21 runs, and the innings was over in just 30.3 overs.
The Melford openers of Nick Wright and Hugh Walters had plenty of time on their hands with 59 overs to score 90.
This did not stop Wright blasting away in his own style, making an opening stand of 57 in just 10 overs before he was out for 28.
This brought the legend that is Bill Byford to the wicket to partner Walters.
Both batsmen stoked the ball around the ground, taking easy singles and putting the poor deliveries away for boundaries.
The Bergholt bowlers had nothing in the ranks to bother the Mellie men and a rapid victory was wrapped up in just 19.4 overs, Walters 33 not out and Byford 25 not out.
A great victory and 20 points to help consolidate a position up the top of the division.