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Greene rips through Slough's lower order in dazzling debut for Boyne Hill

Boyne Hill captain Tom Mellor

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Joel Greene took 4-20 on his club debut as Boyne Hill claimed a seven-wicket win over Slough 2nds in TVL Division 1 on Saturday.

The young bowler ripped through Slough’s tail leaving them on 139-10 in the 35th over, an eminently achievable target and one which Tom Mellor (46) and Usman Ilyas (40no) had little difficulty chasing.

Nadeem Syed made 36 and Yaqoot Rafiq added 19 as Slough got off to a decent start with the bat but their compulsion to go for shots led to wickets being taken and, Naveed Akhtar’s 23 aside – there was relatively little resistance to Hill’s bowling attack. Greene finished off the lower order while Hamid Riaz and William Neal chipped in with two wickets apiece. In reply Hill reached their target for the loss of three wickets in the 30th over.

Mellor said: “It was just nice to be playing structured, competitive cricket again. But obviously it’s a bit strange when you can’t use your own clubhouse and there are breaks for hand sanitisers and stuff.

“But it’s just what we’ve got to get used to this year. Once you got into the game it by and large felt the same. Your natural instincts take over to a certain extent.

“We put them into bat and their captain smashed the first ball of the game for a one bounce four and I thought ‘here we go’. They came out trying to play their shots and it was like a wicket in May, it was fine but there was a bit in it. We bowled fairly well and once we picked up the first wicket they kept on coming. We had Joel Greene on his first team debut, a good club lad, and he came in and took 4-20. He went through the lower order which was really nice for him.

“We then felt as long as we didn’t get bowled out we’d expect to get to that kind of total in 40 overs. We started off solidly and just did the job really. It was just nice to play cricket on a sunny, day rather than going for a walk because you’ve nothing better to do.”

Having struggled in the latter half of last season, Mellor is determined that club gives a good account of themselves in this shortened, nine-match season. They’ll get another indicator of how strong they are this summer when Cookham Dean, relegated from the Home Counties Premier Division last season, visit them on Saturday.

“We’d expect them to be one of the strongest sides because they were in the Home Counties last summer,” he said. “It will likely be another step up from this weekend, but we’ll just see how we get on. We had a poor second half of the season and, even though there’s not much on it this season, we’re still looking to play well and finish in the top half.”

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