Simon Turner and Adam Mitchell starred with the bat as Melksham strolled to a dominant 8-wicket victory at home against Sherston Magna.
The visitors hit a respectable 185-9 in their innings, but that was to prove nowhere near enough to be competitive against a Melksham side in such fine nick with the bat. Turner led the way with his first fifty of the season, whilst skipper Mitchell continued his irresistible form with a fifty of his own to help his side make it four wins on the bounce.
Having been put into field first after losing the toss, the hosts got off to a solid start thanks to tight spells from openers Liam Merrett and Chris Long. Both however would sadly finish wicketless, with Long especially hard done by after conceding just 16 runs from his 9 overs. Sherston’s opening partnership would battle on until the 21st over, during which spinner Chris Singh finally made the long-awaited breakthrough to leave the away-side 58-1.
From this point onwards Sherston stepped up the run-rate considerably, reaching a score of 99-1 off 29. Fortunately, Singh was on hand to produce the heroics needed to get Melksham back on top of proceedings; first with the wicket of opener Ben Dickenson for 54, then with a run-out a few overs later. The captain was the next to pick up a wicket, but it was Joe Veacock who would go on to do the damage. 3 quick wickets from him left Sherston reeling on 143-6, with another wicket from Mitchell soon after only adding to the visitor’s woes. Fortunately for them though number 8 batsman Andy Pegg was on hand to ensure they were not blown away completely. His innings of 45 not out ensured that Sherston were still in the match come the end of the innings, with Melksham left frustrated in their attempts to take the final wicket.
Matt Hunt and Simon Turner were the batsmen to begin Melksham’s response, with both going out to the middle with a point to prove after a run of low scores. The pair were able to build a solid foundation for the homeside with an opening partnership of 57 off 15 overs; although that would be as good as it got for Hunt, who was then trapped LBW next over for a score of 16. Turner on the other hand flourished from this point onwards. He smashed four consecutive 4s in the 18th over, helping to step up the momentum as Melksham looked to push on.
With Mitchell now joining Turner at the crease victory now looked inevitable. Regrettably, Turner was unable to see the job through, having been caught in the 27th over for 64, but in the grander scheme this mattered little. Mitchell and new batsman Veacock were untroubled in the closing stages of the innings, finishing the job in a professional manner to cap off a good day’s work for Melksham; Mitchell finishing 59 not out whilst Veacock ended the day with an unbeaten 26.
MCC WOULD LIKE TO THANK LW ROOFING FOR SPONSORING THE MATCHBALL FOR THIS GAME.