South Walsham (200-6) beat Great Melton A (199 all out) by 4 wickets in Sunday Friendly

Despite fielding 6 players from 2 families, Melton were unable to prevent Paul Woods from dominating this hard fought Sunday Friendly at South Walsham.

Leo de Salis once again provided a solid back bone to the opening salvo with a patient and careful 40 as Tim Hales (24) and Joey Greenslade (14) both played useful but ultimately unsuccessful support roles. The loss of Becky Greenslade in Paul Woods’ 3rd over sparked a mini collapse with 5 wickets falling for 11 runs across 4 overs.   At 91 for 8, and needing to set a decent target to bowl at, Kyle Mason joined James Bridges at the crease. Their 93 run partnership took just 10 overs, with Kyle hitting a career best 44, incuding 2 x 6s and 7 x 4’s. James meanwhile went on to notch his maiden Melton 50, and in friendly tradition tried to retire but with no wickets left he returned to the crease. James’ innings, a combination of craft and brutality, contained nine 4s and one maximum. Melton were finally all out for 199, with Paul Woods bagging 3 for 21 off his 6 overs.

With an hour and a quarter to bat before the final 20 overs of this ‘timed game’, South Walsham found themselves behind the rate and struggling at 13 for 2 off 5 as Kyle Mason and Matt Rennie both struck early. Craig Wilson 1/27 and Alex Rennie 1/16 continued to exert pressure and control, as the hosts moved to 75 for 4 at 20 overs. Paul Woods was just starting to ‘have a look’ as he nudged the score to 83 for 4 with 20 overs left.

The game was done and dusted 10 overs later as Woods struck 6 x 6’s – 3 in a row off de Salis – and 9 x 4s on his way to a match winning 89. Alex Rennie, with 2/22, was the pick of the Melton bowlers, though Kyle and Matt both bowled excellent spells at the start of the innings.

The last scheduled friendly is next Sunday at Felthorpe.

Leo deSalis

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