Browning bags five in Rollesby defeat

An under-strength Rollesby A visited Great Melton C under clear skies and with a good pitch in front of him, the Melton captain had no hesitation in batting first.

Openers Howard and Wyatt came out of the blocks in style, taking the score to 62, before the introduction of Catchpole brought some respite, when he bowled Wyatt for 32. Catchpole received support from Browning who quickly accounted for Lachdwycz (1), Howard (35) and Frazer (0), leaving the home team 74-4.

Catchpole was exerting a stranglehold at one end with Browning chipping away at the other, With Bickel (5) and R Hayward (2) providing the impressive Fawad with solid support. However, at 110-6 Rollesby were very much in the match. D Howard joined Fawad and provided a brief cameo 14. Meanwhile, Fawad continued to accumulate, in impressive style and was assisted by a late flurry from Ducker who clubbed a quick 17. Catchpole was forced off the pitch due to an injury and the home side took advantage, and finished with 172-7, with Fawad top scoring with 58 not out. Catchpole returned 1-13 off 12 overs but his partner Browning finished with the wickets with 5-43.

Rollesby’s response started solidly, with the old firm of Fakes and Price, until Fakes fell for 5 with the score on 15. Hewitt joined Price, and Rollesby continued to patiently accumulate, before D Hayward then accounted for both openers with Price falling for 13. Debutant Tooley joined Hewitt and took the score to 67 and with overs in hand were right in the game, however, with Hewitt (6), Browning (0), Flett (0) and Tooley (14) falling in quick succession, the game was lost despite a spirited 27 not out from England. This was a spirited performance from the Rollesby side, with special mentions for young Oliver Barker and Harrison Tooley who made their league debuts and did not let the team down.

Fleggborough KA Man of the Match: Jimmy Catchpole 12-4-13-1, a miserly spell.