By Matty Edwards
Melksham 2s made it back to back wins against a resolute Bathford 2’s side who made the visitors work hard for their victory despite fielding just 8 players.
After winning the toss, Melksham 2s captain and debutant Matty Edwards opted to send his side into bat. However, despite a lack of numbers in the field, Bathford made their intentions clear early on, dismissing Paul Watts in the 6th over in what was just the start of a sensational individual performance from Thomas Walker (2-26). Melksham did a fantastic job of keeping the scoreboard ticking along however and managed to consistently find the gaps in the outfield with good knocks from Roy Veacock (41) and Tom Watling (22). It was towards the tail-end of the innings however where Melksham really stamped their authority on the game. Superb big-hitting fifties for Tim Edwards (50) and Sean Hooper (57) ensured Melksham finished on a terrific 240-6, a brilliant total to defend for the second innings.
Melksham made a fantastic start to the second innings, restricting the hosts to 33-1 from 18 overs thanks to tight bowling from the captain Matty Edwards (1-11) and Tim Cundick (0-21) from their 9 over spells respectively. Following good spells from the opening bowlers, the wickets quickly started to fall. Martin Erwin (1-30), Roy Veacock (1-13) and Lawrence Martin (1-14) all asked the hosts questions throughout their spells and were rewarded for their persistence with a wicket apiece, with a sensational run-out from Sean Hooper a highlight of the second innings. Walker frustrated the visitors with the bat throughout however with his classy innings of (116*) across 2 separate spells battling through injury, ensuring Bathford would finish on 179-6 following spells from Dan Miles (1-40), Paul Watts (0-38) and Tim Edwards (0-7). It was a spirited reply from the hosts despite falling 61 runs short and a hard-fought victory for Melksham.
Attention now turns to next week, when we look forward to welcoming Devizes 3’s to Melksham House in the first home league game for the newly-formed 2nd XI.