On a glorious summer’s day, Melksham 2nds took on Warminster 3rds, with home side rueing what might have been.
Andy Footner and Chris Long bowled tightly with the Warminster openers, Evan Collier and Jono Byass content in pushing the singles around. Byass was dropped twice, also surviving a tight stumping chance as the pair past 50 for the 1st wicket. The first wicket was taken by 13-year-old Martha Honeybone, who bowled an excellent spell which included the wicket Collier; caught for 23.
During the next 20 overs, Melksham bowled tightly and fielded well, leading to a constant flurry of wickets; including a direct hit run out from Seb Sailes from the boundary. Byass eventually fell, having played some excellent shots as he departed for 74. The wickets were shared around by the Melksham bowlers, including Chris Skilton who got 2 wickets on his debut, as Warminster thanks to a bit of late hitting reached 171-8 in their 45 overs.
The response never got started, with Melksham failing to keep up with the run rate and losing 4 cheap wickets. A few partnerships towards the end of the innings helped to move the score up to 106-8, with Tony Trotman making an excellent 47. The Warminster bowlers bowled an excellent line and length throughout the innings making run scoring difficult, with Matt Carpenter getting 3 wickets and Evan Collier getting 2, with the others shared amongst the other bowlers. The Melksham players left wondering whether taking those early chances would have made a differences to the final result.
Melksham Cricket Club would like to thank LW Roofing for sponsoring the matchball used in the 2nd XI’s game against Warminster 3s