By Jonny House
Captain for the day Jonny House lost the toss and Melksham were put into bat in a game where Melksham were hoping to make it 7 wins from 8 games after last weeks forfeit by Burbage, therefore maintaining their winning run.
Melksham knew that if they batted a full 45 overs then they were more than capable of putting a decent and defendable score on the board. Unfortunately though, Watling was dismissed early on for 4. Melksham would hope this was just a blip and that appeared to be the case when Gareth Evans raced very quickly to claim his first, and a very well deserved 50. Dan Miles was supporting well but followed in Watling’s footsteps and was caught on 4. Sean Hooper was next to the crease but was bowled for a quick fire 6. This brought in Melksham’s middle order but no one could stay in long enough to partner the outstanding Evans. Evans eventually got bowled for 58 and this brought House and Cundick to the crease knowing that their immediate aim would be to stick around and try to frustrate the bowlers. Both batsmen managed to do this and began to steady the ship before House was cheaply bowled for 2. Finn Evans then came to the crease and managed to fend off ball after ball and allowed Cundick to gain some momentum and get the scoreboard ticking over again. Evans junior, only 13 years of age, managed to be Cundick’s last solid partner as Melksham’s bottom order couldn’t hang around quite long enough to bat out the full 45. Cundick would finish on 45 not out and Melksham would definitely be happy with putting 186 on the board after a minor middle order collapse.
With no signs of the temperature cooling down, Melksham took to the field knowing that if they could bowl and field to the standards they’d set in previous games then 186 should be a winning total. Andy Footner (1-24) and James Walters (3-33) opened the bowling and Walters took a much needed early wicket with his first ball in the 2nd over of the innings. Both opening bowlers would prove difficult for the Calne batsmen to hit runs off of and Footner soon took a well deserved wicket. James Lewis looked to get the Calne innings going but would later be bowled by Dan Miles (2-32) for 42, am important wicket for Melksham. Miles and Tim Cundick would go on to tear through Calne’s middle order. The highly impressive Cundick would finish with figure of 3-24. Watling (1-0) and Walters would go on to finish off the Calne innings, providing Melksham with a much deserved 7th win of the season.
Once again the fielding was superb with no runs coming from miss fields and Melksham will look to continue this winning momentum as they face an away trip to North Bradley on Saturday.
A massive thank you to S Court Plumbing for their kind sponsorship of this match.