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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!

Standings at the time of writing:

 

Match Report: Saturday 17th June, 2017

Melrose maintained their winning ways with an emphatic victory over Largo 2, which saw them climb to the top of the league. Melrose got off to a fine start with opener Will Owen racing to 45, however the big lad was unable to reach his half century. This brought Rowan Williams to crease who built on Owens score before falling for 45 (Owen, rather suspiciously, was the umpire who gave Williams out – rumour has it he didn’t want Williams to pass his score). Meanwhile McLennan methodically picked off the bowling to reach his half century. Thomas Brown, Josh Loftus and Sharief Hosny all fell cheaply in the final few overs however McLennan remained at the crease until the end finishing with an impressive 94 not out. Off their 40 overs Melrose had achieved a score of 233-6.

After a splendid tea which involved Thomas Brown encountering a kettle for the first time in his life and Sharief Hosny eating one too many slices of cake, despite Captain Josh Loftus’ orders not to be greedy, the game was restarted. Brown, still perplexed by the kettle, and Hosny opened the bowling for Melrose. Both bowled very tightly and were unlucky not to pick up a wicket. King and Loftus then came into the attack, with king grabbing the breakthrough. During this spell Brown took a tumble resulting in a cut elbow and thus immediate medical attention. After an over of wayward bowling, King was removed from the attack, and replaced by the seasoned veteran Calum Wilson who showed the young-un how it’s done picking up two wickets and bowling 4 maidens. This reporter feels that Wilson wouldn’t have been able to apply such pressure without the top quality sledging from Duncan Howard and Dom Rhatigan, (other than doing a top notch job with the scoring their only significant talking point of this game). The final few overs were uneventful, leaving the final result; a 92 run victory by Melrose.

Match Report: Saturday 10th June, 2017

Melrose continued their winning ways with an emphatic 8 wicket victory against MDAFS 3. Match captain Sharief Hosny arrived 30 minutes late to the game forcing Josh Loftus to take over as skipper, and Loftus opted to open the bowling with himself and Duncan Howard. Melrose struck early with Howard quickly picking up the wicket of the opener. Loftus kept the pressure on the home side through his very economical bowling. Howard then removed the other opener to leave MDAFS 2-4. Thomas Brown and Callum Wilson continued to pile on the pressure. Brown finally claimed his first wicket of the season however he is still placed behind long-time rival Will Owen in the wicket taking standings. Wilson grabbed two for himself and was unlucky not to get more. Darren King came into the attack and cleaned up the tail finishing with the impressive figures of 3-9. MDAFS were bowled out for 66 after a fine display in the field by Melrose.

After tea Melrose started strongly chasing down the total with a few boundaries from Dudley Milne. However things took a turn for the worse as Will Owen, clearly feeling lethargic after one too many curry pies, was bowled. Brown and Milne hunted down most of the total until Brown threw his wicket away. This brought Loftus to the crease who saw the total off along with Milne. A comfortable victory for Melrose in the end.

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!