B Clarke b Rai 51
J Austin b Bettridge 6
G Roper c M Bunn b Sims 3
M Witheridge c Rai b Sims 20
R Edmonds b Sims 10
F Playford c Stearman b D Bunn 25
B Utting Not Out 30
S Drake b D Bunn 0
K Percival Not Out 8
Total (7 Wickets, 46 Overs) 179
I Bettridge 12-3-27-1, D Rai 12-2-39-1, R Sims 12-1-43-3, D Bunn 5-0-17-2, P Stearman 5-0-39-0
Great Melton A:
J Whiddett caught b Percival 23
M Bunn b Larner 6
M Clarke b Percival 9
L Whiddett lbw b Larner 7
G Bunn b Snowling 7
P Stearman c & b Snowling 33
D Bunn c Utting b Percival 20
S Woods caught b Utting 39
D Rai b Percival 5
R Sims lbw b Utting 1
I Bettridge Not Out 0
Total (All Out, 45.2 Overs) 173
B Utting 9.2-3-18-2, R Larner 12-3-25-2, K Percival 9-2-41-4, S Drake 2-0-14-0, D Snowling 7-1-39-2, J Austin 6-1-20-0
Great Melton A’s 100% home record was ended in a tense, and at times controversial, 6 run final over defeat to promotion rivals Winterton at Melton Park.
Lee Whiddett won the toss for the 5th consecutive home game and inserted the opposition and Ian Bettridge and Darshan Rai combined to make life difficult for Winterton stalwart Bryn Clarke. Clarke hung around whilst Bettridge removed Austin (6) and, with the score just 35-1 from 15 overs, the excellent Rob Sims, came on and dismissed Geoff Roper (3) thanks to Martin Bunn’s smart catch.
Martin Witheridge (20) showed some aggressive intent but was well thought out by Sims, Darshan Rai taking a good boundary catch, and after Rai removed Clarke for a patient 51, Sims (3-43) then grabbed his third wicket bowling Edmonds to leave the visitors struggling at 117-5 from 36 overs.
Middle order Batsmen Fred Playford (25) and Ben Utting (30no) then played their shots and, whilst Dave Bunn (2-17) kept things tight, Paul Stearman took some toll, particularly in the final over of the innings that went for 19 allowing Winterton to post a below-par, but competitive 179-7.
The Melton reply started poorly as opening bowlers Utting and Larner were allowed to bowl and Martin Bunn (6), Matt Clarke (9), and then skipper Whiddett (7) were all dismissed early, the latter for the second time this season lbw to the Winterton club umpire. With Jason Whiddett struggling to get going at the other end, Melton were just 45-3 in 20 overs. Whiddett (23) was then well caught and after George Bunn (7) failed to play for a turning delivery from Snowling, the home side were in real trouble at 83-5 in 29 overs.
Runs were beginning to flow from the bat of Paul Stearman (33) however, as Winterton’s change bowlers received some tap, and once he was well caught and bowled by Snowling the score had progressed to 107-6. Dave Bunn and Simon Woods then put on the best partnership of the innings to put the home side in touching distance of victory. Woods (39) played a particularly impressive knock as Melton got to needing just 23 from the last 4 overs with 4 wickets left.
Bunn (20) was well caught on the boundary soon after and when Darshan Rai was cleaned up by Winterton Skipper Percival, Melton needed 14 to win from 2 overs. Woods took the equation to 7 needed from the last over, but then was brilliantly caught at fine leg. From the next ball, Rob Sims was harshly adjudged lbw by the Winterton umpire to hand the visitors victory.