By Matty Edwards
Another superb team performance saw Melksham 2’s record their fourth consecutive victory, defeating Winsley 3’s by 5 wickets in a low-scoring affair at the Sulis Club.
After winning the toss, captain Matty Edwards opted to field first and it quickly proved to be a wise decision. A superb, instinctive piece of fielding after some confusion between the wickets from Jonny House led to a run-out in just the 4th over and this would prove to be the catalyst for an immense fielding display from the visitors. Vintage opening bowling displays from captain Matty Edwards (3-5) and Tim Cundick (2-12) meant the hosts found themselves on 12-5 and with a mountain to climb so early in the match. After quick starts in their previous encounters however Melksham were fully aware the job was nowhere near done and spirited knocks from Simon Bowden (24) and Bert Appleton (17) reaffirmed this belief. However, the visitors simply refused to take their foot off the gas and wickets for Roy Veacock (2-23), Gareth Evans (1-21), Dan Miles (1-10) and Tom Watling (1-0) ensured Winsley were dismissed for just 87, an outstanding effort from Melksham, especially considering the hosts had posted a total in-excess of 200 against Biddestone 4’s just a fortnight ago.
Melksham after their first innings heroics entered the second innings with confidence and optimism, whilst also fully aware of the fact that this wicket was one that favoured the bowlers, epitomised by the early dismissal of Tom Watling (2) thanks to a top catch from the Winsley fielder. Melksham executed their reply however to perfection, a terrific battling innings from Roy Veacock (24) who saw the whole 35 overs through after opening the batting was pivotal in sending Melksham on their way to victory. It wasn’t all plain sailing with the dismissals of Gareth Evans (19), Dan Miles (3), Abi Footner (1) and Tim Cundick (11), but the perseverance of Veacock along with the help of 24 extras saw Melksham reach their target with just under 10 overs to spare.
It was another brilliant showing from Melksham and a fully deserved victory against a good Winsley 3’s team and we now look forward to welcoming a Biddestone 4’s side to Melksham House next Saturday who themselves come off the back of a convincing 7-wicket win over Bathford 2’s.