Match Report: Saturday 3rd June, 2017

Fresh off the disappointment of last Saturday, captain Josh Loftus installed a must-win mentality in the minds of his troops. B. Scott and G. Lindsay were tasked with the challenge of trying to build a gradual score, but unfortunately the mixture of irrational quick bowling and a lack of concentration was too much for the Melrose openers and when the skipper came to the crease, Melrose were reeling at 23-3. With big Will Owen already eyeing up the half time home-made cookies, it would not be daft to have suggested the match would be a quick affair at this stage. However, what followed next could not have been foreseen. The heroic batting of T. Brown and J. Loftus who together both made 50’s and put on an over 100 run partnership swung the balance of power in the game and ultimately dealt a crushing blow in the hearts of the opposition. Stiff resistance from S. Hosny, R. Brett and E. Compton followed, meaning that Melrose finished the innings on 202-9.

After the teatime pep talk, and the sugary treats T. Brown and S. Hosny came roaring out the blocks. Both players bowled brilliantly and both were very unlucky to not have gained more wickets. A combination of eloquent sledging and intense fielding meant the pressure began to build, and the run rate became further constricted as the overs went by. J. Loftus added to his impressive wicket tally, with two wickets whilst W. Owen also picked up a couple too. Much to the surprise of everyone, William also managed to bowl eight overs straight without dropping into a cardiac arrest! D. Howard bowled well too, managing to pick up two wickets and make an astonishing three catches in the field. In direct contrast to this, his brother was on the receiving end of a golden duck, and dropped a catch over the boundary for a six: so it was clear who had the bragging rights in the household that evening. The high batting total and the accurate bowling meant that it was another victory for Melrose, as O.C.C.C. finished on 157 all out after 39.1 overs. All in all, a great victory all round!

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