Great Melton A (10 Points) had a 90% losing draw with Winterton (14) at Hambrook Oval in Frankly Digital Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Five.
B Clarke c J Whiddett b Hayward 15
J Austin c Elliott b Godbold 43
G Roper b Godbold 27
M Witheridge b Godbold 0
J Allen b Harris 18
J Stanhope-Smith lbw b Godbold 0
F Playford Not Out 23
B Utting c God bold b Bunn 25
K Percival Not Out 10
Extras 17 (7w, 4nb, 1b, 5lb)
Total (7 Wickets, 46 Overs) 178
N Gristwood 7-1-29-0, R Hayward 9-1-39-1, O Harris 12-2-32-1, D Godbold 12-3-38-4, G Bunn 4-0-24-1, L Whiddett 2-0-11-0
Great Melton A:
J Whiddett c Play ford b Allen 66
D Allum Run Out 2
O Harris c Play ford b Utting 0
L Whiddett lbw b Larner 4
C Greenslade lbw b Austin 27
D Godbold Not Out 38
N Gristwood c Roper b Austin 7
A Alborough Run Out 4
C Elliott c & b Utting 2
G Bunn Not Out 7
Extras 10 (4w, 6lb)
Total (8 Wickets, 46 Overs) 167
B Utting 11-3-33-2, R Larner 9-3-19-1, D Snowling 5-2-22-0, J Allen 11-2-34-1, K Percival 3-0-14-0, J Austin 7-1-40-2
Great Melton A headed on the road for the first time this season and returned from their trip to the coast with 10 points after securing a 90% losing draw in the last over as Daryl Godbold hit the last ball of the innings for six.
The A team made several changes from their opening win of the season as Olly Harris, Daryl Godbold, Nick Gristwood, Chris Elliott and Tony Alborough came in to the line up. Skipper Lee Whiddett lost the toss but this turned out to be academic as Winterton decided to bat first. After Nick Gristwood’s rusty first over went for 11 it looked a good decision on a flat but slowish wicket but Gristwood (0-29) and Ryan Hayward (1-39) gradually settled into a rhythm to restrict the hosts to 32-1 from 10 overs, opener Bryn Clarke (15) departing to a stunning one-handed diving catch by wicket keeper Jason Whiddett off Hayward, who beat the bat consistently.
Austin (43) and Roper (27) played well but Melton change bowlers Ollie Harris (12-3-32-1) and Daryl God bold (12-3-38-4) applied a stranglehold through the middle overs and Winterton were never really able to break the shackles. Godbold went on to remove both batsmen, Roper to a smart catch by Chris Elliott at third man, whilst Harris bowled the dangerous J Allen (18), leaving Winterton in trouble at 102-5 from 32 overs.
Playford (23no) and Utting (25) did well to add late runs and whilst George Bunn (1-24) and Lee Whiddett (0-11) kept things reasonably tight in the latter overs, the hosts edged up to 178-7, probably a slightly below-par total but nevertheless competitive.
The Melton reply got off to a disastrous start as Dave Allum (2) was run out by a bullet throw as he attempted a second run.
Ollie Harris then departed for a duck and when Lee Whiddett (4) was triggered by a dubious home umpire lbw decision the visitors were struggling at 25-3 from 14 overs. But 14 year old Chris Greenslade, in his first Alliance level innings, produced an accomplished performance as he and Jason Whiddett (66) set about rebuilding the Melton run chase. Whiddett looks in fantastic touch as he struck an imperious six over extra cover, whilst Greenslade struck two textbook cover drives for four, dealing maturely with the pacy bowling of J Allen (11-2-34-1) in making 27 before becoming another lbw victim to the Winterton umpire. By then, Whiddett and Greenslade had put on 77 and with the score on 102 from 34 overs the run chase was very much still on. Whiddett departed soon after but Daryl Godbold maintained the momentum, supported by Nick Gristwood (7).
Godbold took 12 from the 40th over including an imperious six over long-off to leave 46 required from the last 6 overs but ultimately with Gristwood dismissed, Tony Alborough (4) run out chasing quick runs, and Chris Elliott (2) caught and bowled, not enough boundaries came from the other end and Melton were left needing 26 from the final over and 8 to secure a 90 percent losing draw. This was secured as George Bunn (7no) clipped a boundary over mid-wicket and Godbold despatched the last ball for six to leave Melton just 11 runs short of their target on 167-8.
Great Melton A take 10 points from this game and Winterton 14, leaving Melton sitting second in the embryonic Division Fiveleague table. This was a good performance against strong opponents and bodes well for the season ahead.