Match Report: Saturday 12th August, 2017

Melrose C.C. maintained their position at the top of the league with a comfortable win over MDAFS 3.

Hosny won the toss and elected to bowl first. Duncan Howard opened the bowling and despite being hit for 8 was unlucky not to pick up a wicket with a few shots narrowly missing the fielders. Hosny broke the opening partnership with tight bowling aided by some excellent fielding. He claimed his second wicket soon after to put Melrose into a strong position. However, some good hitting from MDAFS left the match in the balance. Howard ended the promising partnership with an absolute ripper ( it could have ended sooner had Will Owen not been daydreaming about what he was going to have your tea and had taken the catch instead of spilling it. Wickets soon began to tumble with Hosny removing the MDAFS opener with a slower ball which the batsman spooned to Rowan Williams, who held on despite a big night the night before. King and Crawford were brought into the attack to clean up the tail which they did with minimal fuss. A special shout out to resident big lad, Hamish Mollart, who took a blinder of a catch. MDAFS all out for 56

The decision to bypass tea and start the second innings clearly annoyed Will Owen, who came out to score as quickly as possible. He managed to rack up 16 before the allure of Williams’ ham and mustard sandwiches proved too much as he spooned the ball to the MDAFS fielder. Darren King swaggered to the crease looking for some big hits but unfortunately for him, the only big hit was the ball crashing into his stumps. This brought Hosny to the crease and with the help of Crawford saw Melrose over the line. Hosny finished the game in style with two 6s.

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