Melton Mowbray skittle Egerton Park in long-awaited derby

Stuart Rose opens the batting for Egerton Park against Melton Mowbray EMN-151105-124426002
Stuart Rose opens the batting for Egerton Park against Melton Mowbray EMN-151105-124426002
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Melton Mowbray took the honours on Saturday as Egerton Park slumped to defeat in what many believe to be the inaugural County League fixture between the two sides.

Having won the toss, home captain Pete Humphreys wasted no time in asking Park to bat first on a damp green wicket at the All England Ground.

Melton bowler Karl Tew in action against Egerton Park EMN-151105-124412002

Melton bowler Karl Tew in action against Egerton Park EMN-151105-124412002

Park dug in and made a watchful start against tight bowling from Karl Tew and Ben Redwood, but runs weren’t easy to come by and when the first wicket fell in the ninth over, the visitors had only 16 runs on the board.

Coming in at three, Zaheer Hussain played his end well, but the bowlers denied the visitors any momentum.

With only one wicket down after 12 overs, Park looked to have weathered the new ball threat, but the introduction of Phil James’s gentle away swing in the 17th over made an immediate difference.

Man-of-the-match James took a wicket with only his third ball, and continued to cause problems through his 10-over spell, finishing with excellent figures of 6 for 23.

Jon Taylor (2 for 14) also bowled a tight spell and removed Hussain (38) when Redwood took a good catch over his head.

Melton conceded just one extra as Park were bowled out for just 89 from 34 overs.

The home side began their innings at a good pace of four runs an over with Humphreys and Gary Potter both making good starts.

Potter took advantage of a drying wicket and hit five fours and a six on his way to 47 before he was caught off the bowling of Tom Glover.

But the damage had already been done as Melton needed just 20 to win with plenty of overs to spare.

Glover returned good figures of 3 for 9, but the visitors did not have anywhere near enough runs to defend and Melton reached the target in just 20 overs.

Egerton Park: S. Rose 20, R. Bailey 5, Z. Hussain 38, T. Glover 5, J. Blunt 1, C. Madden 12, K. Panchal 0, J. Woolcock 0, N. Watchorn 4, R. Haffenden 2, J. Barnard 0, Extras 1. Total: 89.

Bowling: K. Tew 12-4-32-2; B. Redwood 7-0-18-0; P. James 9.5-0-23-6; J. Taylor 5-0-14-2.

Melton: P. Humphries 11, G. Potter 47, B. Redwood 6, L. Freer 4*, J. Taylor 7, P. James 2*, Extras 14. Total: 91-4.

Bowling: Panchal 4-0-8-0; Barnard 3-0-11-0; Watchorn 3-0-22-0; Hussain 3-0-15-1; Glover 4.2-2-9-3; Blunt 3-0-18-0.

Egerton Park match ball sponsors: Jeld-Wen

Overseas sponsors: PB Construction & Market Tavern