Match Reports & News

Match Report: Saturday 26th August, 2017

A small sample of the playing talent. L>R: F. Godfrey-Faucett, E. Compton, D. Milne, T. Brown, S. Hosny, J. Loftus, W. Owen, D. King, R. Williams, C. Wilson, K. Paisley

Melrose C.C. entered the final game of the season already crowned Champions but still looking to finish the season off in style.

Our captain lost the toss and Melrose were put into bat. Fergus Godfrey-Faussett, who had too many flutes of champagne the night before, looked dismayed as Loftus told him he was opening with Will Owen. Owen was the first victim of a wicket which had variable bounce. This brought Hosny to the crease with the match only 5 balls old. He and Godfrey-Faussett saw off the opening bowlers without any further problems. Scoring was difficult with the Carlton bowlers bowling a good line and length and with an outfield that resembled golf course rough than a cricket outfield. Nonetheless, Hosny and Godfrey-Faussett began grinding down the bowlers and punishing any loose deliveries. The champagne and only 2 hours sleep clearly got to Godfrey-Faussett as he was caught at point playing a loose shot. This brought in Williams, who also struggled with the pitch but soon found his rhythm. He and Hosny calmly guided Melrose to drinks with the score at 50-2. Williams soon perished to a ball that just clipped the top of his off stump. MIlne came to the middle with the intention of hitting boundaries but even with a few meaty blows, boundaries were a rarity. Milne fell on his sword by playing a shot too many. Loftus sauntered into the middle looking to make the most of the final 10 overs. Which he manged to do with some glorious shots into the off side. He fell with 5 overs overs to go, sacrificing his wicket for the good of the team like a true captain. Next in was Brown, who played some wonderful straight shots, brought Melrose’s total to a competitive 145. Hosny finally brought up his first 50 up in the 37th over despite being in since the first over. With England’s problem at 3 and this gritty, determined innings, surely a call-up would be around the corner.

Melrose opened the bowling with Loftus and Brown. There’s no finer sight in cricket than a wild eyed Brown charging in and staring down the batsmen even if a few balls did end up heading towards first slip instead of the stumps. Loftus also bowled a hostile spell with balls that had more spit and venom than a King Cobra. Both bowlers bowled with hostility and accuracy to dismantle Carlton’s top order. However, it wasn’t all smiles as Hosny and Loftus both tried to ruin each others good looks in an incident that belonged in an episode of the Chuckle Brothers. Hosny, diving to his left, accidentally diverted the ball into the face of Loftus, who falling backwards, kicked Hosny in the face. Loftus can expect a knock on the door from Calum Wilson regarding his court date. The stage was now set for King and Hosny to battle it out for top wicket taker for the season with King have a two wicket head start. Hosny started well by taking 2 early wickets to level the scores. He then dropped a catch off his own bowling to give King a reprieve. He couldn’t take advantage as Hosny then claimed two more wickets. He was on course for a 5-fer only for Owen to drop a dolly. Wilson claimed the final wicket as Melrose bowled Carlton out for 46.

This brought down the curtain on another successful season where Melrose were head and shoulders above everyone else. A massive thank you to everyone who played their part in a league winning campaign.

Match Report: Saturday 19th August, 2017

Melrose CC claimed another victory on the weekend, beating Largo 2, to end the season with a 100% home record.

Melrose started strongly with Sharief Hosny getting the whites dirty with a diving catch off his own bowling. Some complaints where then heard about the pitch, a bit harsh considering the recent weather. Another wicket quickly fell with Duncan Howard running out the other opener (must have been the pitch slowing the batsman down!) Largo 2 then began to build a steady partnership however Duncan Howard managed to break it – with a trademark half tracker. Darren King and Calum Wilson were then introduced into the attack with King bowling particularly well claiming a wicket and only going for 6 runs in his eight overs. Resident posho Fergus Godfrey-Fausset then claimed a run out reducing Largo to 5 wickets down. Rowan Williams and Dudley Milne were then introduced into the attack and managed to clean up the remaining 3 wickets (Largo 2 only had 9 players) with Williams claiming 2 and Milne 1.

After a splendid tea despite Howard’s inability to deliver cookies to the usual standard, play was resumed. Groundsman Will Owen was obviously keen to prove a point that the pitch was fine – blasting a quick fire 38. Fergus managed a solid 18 before being caught and bowled. Rowan Williams then came to the crease but only managed to continue the rich tradition of the day of being run out. Barry Scott was next in drilling a full toss for four and then comfortably seeing the game through. Melrose won by 8 wickets and for the first time this year Will Owen didn’t throw his wicket away!

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.

Match Report: Saturday 29th June 2017

After a few weeks off due to the recent bad weather, Melrose were back in action and facing a tricky match against Peebles. Peebles, like Melrose, were also eyeing promotion from division 5. Captain Loftus won the toss and decided to bowl first. Melrose thought they had an early run out but the decision favoured the Peebles batsman, much to Barry Scott’s annoyance. Annoyance soon turned to celebration as Thomas Brown removed the Peebles opener for a golden duck whilst also rearranging his furniture. Brown had his and Melrose’s second a few overs later with Loftus taking a smart catch at cover. The third wicket fell with Hosny taking a stunning catch off his own bowling. Peebles then carefully rebuilt their innings and no wickets fell until drinks However, a few balls after drinks, Loftus had the dangerous Maxwell caught behind. D. King also chipped in with a few wickets which included a back of the hand slower ball. Peebles ended their innings on 105-9. A decent score when factoring the worsening weather and the slow wicket.

Melrose started their innings by seeing out 4 consecutive maidens. It was at this point Will Owen realised that if he didn’t get a move on then there wouldn’t be any cake for him yet. Soon the runs and boundaries began to flow. Despite yet another 50 being in easy reach, Owen threw it all away by giving his wicket away with a loose shot, earning him the well deserved nickname: Bottle Job. A Melrose report wouldn’t be complete without a Melrose collapse which happened when Brown, Crawford and Milne all fell cheaply. This brought leader, legend, icon Hosny to the middle, who played with a swashbuckling style which had abandoned for most of the season. He and Loftus took Melrose within sight of the target before Loftus was unfortunately bowled by a ball that kept low. D. King joined Hosny in the middle and for the umpteenth this season, saw Melrose over the line with 10 overs spare.

(Written by S Hosny)

Match Report Summary: 24th June – 15th July 2017

Apologies for the delayed update, due to holidays and webmaster slovenliness! Nevertheless, as of the most recent match day, Saturday 15th July, Melrose CC are at the top of ESCA Division 5, with three other teams perhaps in contention for the top two promotion spots.

Saturday 24th June (vs Carlton 4)

“Melrose went into the game slight favourites, fresh of the back of some good form and sitting top of the league. Nonetheless Josh and his boys were mentally prepared for a tough day at the office, and that is exactly what they got. Melrose won the toss, and elected to field first with the hope of really taking the game to their opponents. The opening encounters were tense, with both T. Brown and S.Hosny having stellar spells. Brown in particular looked extremely fired up, and it was evident he was on a mission. As the gusty wind tussled with his ever-receding hairline, T. Brown stormed down the pitch and bowled the opening batsman with an absolute corker of a delivery, clipping the top of off-stump. The fielding was tight, but unfortunately for R. Brett he took the whole “body on the line for the team” approach a tad seriously, and ended up having to leave the field of play through injury. This resulted in local personality and cricket journeyman C. Howard being drafted into the field, much to the delight of his team. Melrose continued the pressure but the batsmen began to frustrate the bowlers. A couple of 50/50 chances went begging, and it was evident the grip Melrose had on the game began to slip away. Nonetheless, in the last 10 overs the fightback resumed, with Melrose picking up a few key wickets through D. Crawford and some sharp fielding. Carlton finished their batting innings on 163-5 and with everything to play for.

“After a splendid tea, consisting of carbs, calories and cakes, W. Owen and veteran overseas import C. Green were sent out to bat. Desperate to ensure that his mum’s cake was not his biggest contribution to the game, W Owen was eager to score well. He started brightly, before a slip in concentration cost him his wicket. C. Green orchestrated a typical methodical batting display, scoring 40 before being dismissed. Further solid contributions from B.Scott and R. Williams chipped away at Carlton’s score, and put Melrose in a slightly more commanding position going into the last 10 overs. However, the premature dismissals of J. Loftus and T. Brown sent shockwaves through the team and the pessimistic supporters in the crowd began to murmur the possibility of defeat. However, there was no need to fear as S. Hosny and D. King managed to steer the team to victory in the 38th Over. Cometh the hour, cometh the men. All in all, It was a grand victory for the boys.”

Melrose v Carlton 4
Carlton 4 (9) : 163 for 5 in 40 overs.
K Whitaker 57, A Murray 48
Melrose (20) : 164 for 7 in 38.2 overs.
C Green 40, H Simpson 2 for 31, S Khan 2 for 33
Melrose beat Carlton 4 by 3 wkts

Saturday 1st July (vs Kirk Brae 2)

Match cancelled due to rain and a washed out pitch.

Saturday 8th July (vs Watsonian 3)

A cracking game against a much stronger Watsonian team than earlier in the season, but a convincing victory for Melrose, particularly notable for a strong all-round performance by Dougie Crawford, and excellent bowling spells by Darren King and Thomas Brown.

Melrose v Watsonians 3
Watsonians 3 (4) : 100 all out in 36.5 overs.
D King 4 for 15, D Crawford 2 for 7
Melrose (20) : 101 for 4 in 27.2 overs.
D Crawford 33*, R High 3 for 20
Melrose beat Watsonians 3 by 6 wkts

Saturday 15th July (vs Tranent & Preston Village)

Match cancelled on a dreich day where indoors was definitely a better place to be!

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