Freer ton propels Melton Mowbray to County League victory

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Dunton Bassett won the toss and elected to put Melton into bat first at the All England Sports Ground.

Melton were boosted by the inclusion of Lee Freer who opened the batting with Mike Pratt. The latter opener was given out before a run had been scored, but Melton were soon on top thanks to a 91-run second wicket stand between Smallshaw (14) and Freer (131).

Freer hit 17 fours and three sixes before he was eventually caught at deep gully trying to hasten the score. There were contributions throughout the innings and Jim Eccles (26 not out) managed to take the score beyond 200 and give Melton full batting points as the innings finished on 211-6 off 45 overs.

In reply, Dunton were soon in trouble after Darren Elliott’s excellent run out, and early wickets from Freer and Lee Jones.

Jim Eccles took two wickets in his first over, and with the score on 78-7, Dunton looked to be out of the contest, but an eighth wicket partnership of 67 between Bateman (25) and Secombe (32) started to turn the game towards the visitors.

Melton rotated the bowling, and Lewis Marsh and Elliott managed to make the breakthrough, bowling Dunton out for 157 in the 36th over.

Melton: M. Pratt 0, L. Freer 131, R. Smallshaw 14, L. Humphreys 4, L. Marsh 23, J. Eccles 26*, D. Smith 0, M. Brown 0*, Extras 34. Total: 211-6

Dunton Bassett: 157.

Bowling: L. Jones 10-3-35-1; L. Freer 6-0-36-2; J. Eccles 8-1-24-3; D. Smith 6-0-23-0; L. Marsh 4.2-0-17-2; D. Elliott 3-0-10-1.