An unbeaten 110 from Dave Adams was unfortunately not quite enough as Melton’s unbeaten start to the season was ended by an Old Buckingham 6 wicket victory.

On an overcast and windy day the visiting skipper Mark Dunnett won the toss and invited Olly Harris’ side to bat first. Jason Whiddett and Joey Greenslade took to the crease hoping to get off to a positive start. The pair managed to put on 36 together with Greenslade in particular playing some nice strokes off the bowling of Hendrie. It was Greenslade however who fell first snicking off to Left armer Seeking for 23.

Fresh from his superb knock of 113no against Hardingham Matt Clarke strode to the wicket hoping for more runs. It was not to be as he chopped on to a full ball from Seeking for 5. More wickets fell as Jason Whiddett was out lbw for 29, Rich Waddell caught in the deep for 10 and Lee Whiddett bowled for 21 leaving Melton on 140/5

Adams who had worked his way into the 40s was joined by Mackenzie with 15 overs of the innings remaining. Upon reaching his 50 Adams decided to open up and hit two enormous sixes, one clearing the infamous “wall” and almost clearing the “Dovecote Tower/Platform thingy” and the other sailing way over the tree. Mackenzie, not one to turn down big hitting, joined in himself hitting Heuschneider for consecutive maximums before holing out off Austin to a smart catch on the boundary for 28. Adams continued scoring bringing up his 100 with a nice drive for 2. Tom Grant hit the final ball of the innings for another 6 leaving Melton 246/7 off their 45 overs.

The less said about the Old Buckingham innings the better really as a combination of powerful hitting, poor fielding, missed run outs and over throws allowed the visitors to put on an opening stand of over 100 before Alexander was removed by Mackenzie for 71. Waddell bowled Guinness for 16 whilst Mackenzie removed Austin 1st ball and Thompson 2 balls later leaving the visitors on 170/4.

However that was to be the last of the Melton fight back as skipper Dunnett and new bat Robinson steadied the ship to see Old Buckingham home with 11 balls to spare, finishing 102 and 38 not out respectively.

Great Melton:

J Whiddett lbw Savage 29
J Greenslade ct Thompson b Seekings 23
M Clarke b Seekings 5
D Adams not out 110
R Waddell ct Beales b Savage 10
L Whiddett b Savage 21
N Mackenzie ct Beales b Austin 28
P Stearman ct Dunnett b Beales 6
T Grant not out 9
O Harris dnb
T Moye dnb
Extras w 3 lb 2
Total 246/7

M Hendrie 6-1-44-0
A Seekings 9-2-16-2
M Heuschneider 9-1-62-0
A Beales 9-0-56-1
C Savage 9-2-42-3
A Austin 3-0-24-1

Old Buckenham A

J Alexander ct Greenslade b Mackenzie 71
M Dunnett not out 102
A Guiness b Waddell 16
A Austin lbw Mackenzie 0
R Thompson b Mackenzie 0
S Robinson not out 38
C Savage dnb
A Beales dnb
M Heuschneider dnb
A Seekings dnb
M Hendrie dnb
Extras b 6 lb 6 w 7 nb 2
Total 248/4

T Grant 9-0-40-0
R Waddell 9-0-51-1
O Harris 7.1-0-56-0
T Moye 9-1-37-0
N Mackenzie 9-0-52-3

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