The first team ended a disappointing season by beating Acle by 7 wickets.
Acle opted to bat first on a flat looking wicket and Josh Wilson looked in decent touch driving hard anything full. Opposition captain Geoff Handley was more watchful to start with as his opening partner looked to be the aggressor. Following a couple of rusty opening over’s Waddell bowled Handley for 4 in the 6th Over. J Wilson still looked to play aggressively joined by brother Tom Wilson however they both fell in successive over’s to the returning Alex Rennie – firstly Josh being Caught from a rank full toss at midwicket by Pearse then in the next over Tom Wilson drove a ball in the air straight to Pearse who had been moved to very straight Short mid off taking a good catch at the second attempt.
Larner and Roberts looked to consolidate with the score on 53-3 and having found the edge on a couple of occasions without going to hand Harris Bowled Roberts for 10 before Rennie had King caught at Slip by Heather from a peach of a delivery for 5. Larner (26) and Ward (6) then followed both caught at cover off Rennie by Waddell to complete a maiden first XI 5fer for young Chalky who bowled a very good 13 over spell returning 5-35 with 2 maidens.
Mackenzie replaced Rennie and promptly mopped up the tail taking 3-6 from 13 deliveries, including removing the dangerman Rowe for a quick fire 18, caught and bowled. He finished by bowling Spaxman for 0 the next ball with a well direct Yorker before finishing by bowling Gilbert for 9. Acle all out for 140 in the 42nd over.
Melton had 58 over’s to chase the score and started well with Maskell and Whiddett taking 7 from the first over. Maskell was then bowled by Larner by an in swinging Yorker for 4. Cook joined Whiddett and promptly set about the Acle attack taking 5 fours and two maximums on his way to being caught on the boundary for 40 before heading off to Gatwick to catch a flight to Vegas!
Dave Adams joined the anchorman Whiddett and unfurled his trademark cover drives before going in to his shell a little as Whiddett rotated the strike well before falling to Spaxman bowled for 25 with the score on 88. Pearse joined the now set Adams who accelerated beautifully with three maximums on his way to 45 not out and taking Melton to 141 in 31 over’s with 7 wickets left.
The result cemented 9th place in the league which is a fair reflection on how the team has performed over all, Losing 5 games that should have been won and also highlighting the lack of application at times where in previous seasons we would have turned some losses into draws.
Lessons were learned as the season went on and, although we bowled and fielded well enough for the vast majority of games, we must learn a little more application and worry less about strike rates – batting our over’s is key and there is certainly enough talent within the first team pool of players to be able to bat 50 over’s each week. We could also learn from our opposition’s approach which has been more far professional before games in terms of warm up/ preparation and ruthlessness during them.
Acle (2pts) – 140 J Wilson 34. A Rennie 5-35, N Mackenzie 3-6.
Great Melton (21Pts) – 141-3 M Cook 40 D Adams 45*