Match Report: Saturday 27th May, 2017

Two weeks with no play – a concession on behalf of Preston Village, and a wash out the next Saturday – meant Melrose were raring to play at Peebles, on a ground that was still showing it’s football credentials, and a sky that could let loose at any moment. Melrose chose to bat, still awaiting two key players.

From the off, Melrose opener Owen decided to take advantage of the short boundaries and dispatched several balls there on his way to a creditable 29, while fellow opener Godfrey-Faucett steadily worked his way to a more sedate 22, three wickets falling by the wayside, allowing limited overs specialist Milne in to partner him. Milne found the boundary even easier, one Peebles bowler lasting only a single over for 21 runs! Milne was joined by Adam, who between them took the Melrose score past 100 before both fell to Peebles star man Maxwell. The loss of Howard (D) brought in captain Loftus who started to bat fluently, whilst another two wickets fell cheaply. Suddenly Melrose were a shade over 140 with 9 wickets down. Farnish came out, the eternal number 11, yet somehow kept the ball out, and along with Loftus hitting boundary after boundary, they took the score to 195-9 by stumps – a potentially winning score.

Over the hills a storm was brewing. Up to now the rain had stayed off, by and large, and Peebles managed to reach 94 for the loss of 3 wickets, with Loftus looking as threatening as the sky. Then the sky opened. Lightning arced across the Tweed Valley, and within an hour the ground was awash. Game over, and sadly Melrose lost by 9 runs on the calculator, albeit with 10 bonus points. We await a return match…

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