TOM MELLOR has admitted that Boyne Hill failed to take key wickets early on in their narrow 10-run defeat at Wokingham on Saturday.

Dan Housego (78) and Michael Bates (59*) made 82 runs for the fourth wicket as Wokingham amassed 202-5 from their allotted 35 overs.

Mellor knew that would be a tough score to chase down and, despite Matthew Leipold hitting 106, Boyne Hill fell short at 192-7.

“It was a good game of cricket and one dominated by overseas and very good players,” skipper Mellor told the Observer.

“Alex Bartlett (0-21) bowled really well at the start but we were poor in the middle and let them get away a little bit before dragging them back towards the end.

“If you don’t get good players out early on in a match they will hurt you in this league.

“Wokingham made an over-par score so I thought it would be difficult to chase on a big ground where it’s not easy to hit boundaries.

“If someone gets a 100 in a 35-over game you expect to win, but Wokingham bowled well towards the end.”

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PHOTO: Ziya Mohammed took 1-34 for Boyne Hill against Wokingham.

Boyne Hill finished fourth in Division One last season and Mellor is hoping for a top-half finish again this summer.

He said: “I hope to be in mid-table I suppose but it’s hard to know at the moment.

“It is hard to say because it’s a very competitive league and each team has two or three very good players that can win you a game.

“There are two second teams in the league that could have very variable strengths depending on the club’s first 11, but hopefully we can finish in the top half.”

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