Melton takes four wickets as Seconds draw

Friday 28th June 2019
Written by Danny Painter

Dustin Melton took four wickets as Derbyshire drew with Worcestershire in the Second XI Championship fixture at Halesowen. 

Tom Wood (68)  struck the game’s only half-century, while Josh Breed took 4-71 as Derbyshire posted 249 from their second innings to set Worcestershire a total of 208 to win.

Melton claimed four dismissals for just eight runs before the close of play, with Worcestershire 63-4 at the end of Day Three.

The visitors began Day Three on 31-1, with Ifran Karim and Hamidullah Qadri at the crease, still trailing by 11 runs from the first innings. They provided 25 runs for the second wicket before the former was trapped lbw by Davis for 24.

Wood and Anuj Dal (14) put together a stand of 40 runs, before the half-centurion combined with Anoop Chima (18) for the only fifty-partnership of the innings with 52.

It was during his time at the crease with Chima that Wood passed 50, taking 88 balls to achieve the milestone and striking seven fours along the way.

Wood’s innings eventually came to an end on 68 when he was caught by Tom Fell off Breed, before Daryn Smit (25) was the final wicket to fall, bowled by Chahal.

Derbyshire were all out for 249, setting Worcestershire a target of 208 to win, and they made a strong start when Dustin Melton had Fell caught by Chima for ten.

The Derbyshire bowler then took the wickets of Olly Westbury (0), Joshua Dell (8) and Jack Haynes (5) in quick succession to leave the hosts 24-4 after nine overs.

The draw was confirmed shortly after 5pm on Day Three, with the hosts on 63-4, still 145 runs off the target set by Derbyshire.

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