Melton Mowbray rout Houghton to record third straight win

Melton Mowbray First XI, from left, back - Lee Freer, Ben Redwood, Karl Tew, Gaz Potter, Paul Stevenson, John Taylor; front - Spencer Handley, Phil James, Pete Humphries, Carl Parker, Daz Elliott. EMN-150519-151912002
Melton Mowbray First XI, from left, back - Lee Freer, Ben Redwood, Karl Tew, Gaz Potter, Paul Stevenson, John Taylor; front - Spencer Handley, Phil James, Pete Humphries, Carl Parker, Daz Elliott. EMN-150519-151912002

Melton Mowbray continued their recent good form by winning their third straight game on Saturday.

Hosting Houghton and Thurnby at the All England Sports Ground, Melton won the toss, and with clouds overhead, chose to field first.

Karl Tew and Paul Stevenson opened the bowling and after some initial tight overs, Tew made the breakthrough, taking out both openers in the same over.

Houghton steadied themselves again for 10 overs before Tew again was in the mix, bowling M. Vincent for 27.

The change of bowling didn’t give any relief for the batsmen as Phil James and Jon Taylor continued the good work and continued to take wickets.

Houghton stubbornly worked their way through the innings and got to 45 overs, but at just 3.31 runs per over, it didn’t seem enough as they finished on 149-9.

Gary Potter and captain Pete Humphreys opened Melton’s reply, and Potter set off at a good pace, cracking three boundaries in his first nine balls.

Humphreys played in a more watchful manner while Potter pushed the run rate along, bringing up Melton’s 50 in just the eighth over, and his own half-century shortly after from only 41 balls.

Humphreys batted solidly, too, hitting 10 fours on his way to a well-earned 51 not out, while Potter smacked 11 fours and three sixes on his way to an unbeaten 88.

Melton reached the target in just the 23rd over with all wickets intact, to move up to seventh in Division Three.

On Saturday, Mowbray head to Quorn hoping to make it four wins in a row and climb the table.

Houghton and Thurnby: 149-9.

Bowling: K. Tew 12–4-28-4; P. Stevenson 5-0-31-0; P. James 10-1-23-1; J. Taylor 11-3-35-3; S. Mooney 4-1-10-1; G. Potter 3-0-11-1.

Melton: P. Humphreys 51*, G. Potter 88*, Extras 11. Total: 150.