On what was to be Dave Adams last Great Melton game for at least 2 years he produced a sensational 119 to guide Melton to another Alliance Division 3 victory.

Having lost the toss stand in skipper Matt Clarke was asked to bat first at Melton Park. Whilst telling everyone their batting position the heavens opened and it soon became a race to get the covers on. All was not lost however as back in the changing rooms Ben Mann and James Robb were producing a top trump masterclass, whilst outside Nick Aston was dominating the OHOB. The rain finished and a reduced 40 overs and new start time of 2.30 was agreed

Jason Whiddett and Matt Clarke walked to the crease hoping for a good, solid start. Clarke punished some wide and short bowling from Potter dispatching him for 16 in the 4th over of the match. Both batsmen however found themselves lasting only 8 overs when change bowler Wright removed them for 12 and 19 respectively. This brought Adams and Joey Greenslade to the crease, the score 36-2. Both batsmen dug in and played sensibly ticking the score along nicely. Adams was the first to bring up his 50, it seemed Greenslade would be quick to follow, however with Adams seeing most of the strike and opening up his score rocketed to the 90s before Greenslade could surpass 50.

Having put on over 150 runs Greenslade eventually fell for 55, bringing in Aston (0) and then Mann (18*) who both stood and enjoyed some more powerful blows from Adams, who was unfortunately out in the last over for an excellent 119. Melton finishing on 240/5

Carding and Robb opened up for Melton hoping for an early breakthrough. Needing 6 an over from the off both openers Spilling and Glozier decided to take it to the bowlers and hit through the line, Robb in particular taking the brunt. Carding was unlucky not to remove opener Spilling after a big appeal for a catch behind wasn’t given.

After 7 overs Clarke turned to Sims, making his first appearance of the season for the first team, and Mackenzie. It was Mackenzie who got the breakthrough bowling Spilling (13) in his first over. Mackenzie then removed Glozier (37) in his next over, Clarke taking a regulation catch behind the stumps. Wickets started to fall quicker as the hosts were reduced from 51-0 to 75-5, Sims taking the wicket of Guyton (1) caught at cover by B.Mann whilst Mackenzie and Clarke combined again to remove McLaren (9) and Mann ran out Poole (0). Mackenzie picked up his fourth and final wicket of the day with Wright (14) lofting one to Aston at cover, Keeley (22) offered some resistance, dispatching Sims into the field only for it to clip a leaf and deemed a four, before eventually being bowled by Carding. Connor White and Robb were brought in to wrap things up and did so with White running out Oakley (1) and bowling Freestone (3), Robb sealed a convincing win bowling Potter (0) leaving Sprowston 124 runs short and 116 all out.

Great Melton 240/5
J Whiddett c Glozier b Wright 12
M Clarke b Wright 19
D Adams c Spilling b Potter 119
J Greenslade c Guyton b Scales 55
N Aston c Guyton b Wright 0
B Mann Not Out 18
N Mackenzie Not Out 0
C White DNB
B Carding DNB
R Sims DNB
J Robb DNB

D Scales 8-1-26-1
A Potter 3-0-24-1
T Wright 8-2-33-3
M Freestone 8-0-37-0
J Spilling 8-0-55-0
J Keeley 2-0-26-0
F Guyton 3-0-34-0

Sprowston A 166ao
J Glozier c M Clarke b Mackenzie 37
J Spilling b Mackenzie 13
C McLaren c M Clarke b Mackenzie 9
F Guyton c B Mann b Sims 1
J Keeley b B Carding 22
C Poole Run Out (B Mann) 0
T Wright c Aston b Mackenzie 14
L Oakley Run Out (White) 1
M Freestone b White 3
D Scales Not Out 7
A Potter b Robb 0

B Carding 8-1-16-1
J Robb 5.4-1-25-1
R Sims 8-0-41-1
N Mackenzie 8-1-24-4
C White 6-4-6-1

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