Great Melton A (21 Points) beat Sheringham (7) by two wickets at Melton Park in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
M Hudson c Whiddett b De Salis 11
D King c Woods b Godbold 29
H Bailey st Woods b Stearman 13
W Neave c Gristwood b Godbold 12
S Cox c Woods b Gristwood 14
I Enslin Run Out (C Greenslade) 6
C Moy Not Out 41
N Lomax c Woods b Gristwood 0
G Enslin Not Out 14]
Total (7 Wickets, 40 Overs) 167
C Greenslade 10-1-44-0, L De Salis 10-2-27-1, P Stearman 7-1-21-1, D Godbold 6-1-26-2, N Gristwood 6-0-19-2, L Whiddett 1-0-16-0
Great Melton A:
C Greenslade c Moy b King 0
L Whiddett lbw b Lomax 14
G Ducker c & b Moy 41
J Ellse b Lomax 6
P Stearman b Lomax 21
J Greenslade caught b Lomax 0
A Alborough lbw b Lomax 0
D Godbold lbw b Lomax 0
N Gristwood Not Out 38
S Woods Not Out 16
Total (8 Wickets, 39.1 Overs) 168
D King 10-3-26-1, S Cox 8.1-0-43-0, G Enslin 3-0-39-0, N Lomax 10-3-21-6, C Moy 6-1-29-1, H Bailey 2-0-2-0
A remarkable 9th wicket partnership between Nick Gristwood and Simon Woods saw Great Melton A snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and maintain their unbeaten record in Alliance Division Four.
After a heavy bout of rainfall, the match was delayed until 2pm and reduced to 40 overs per side. Lee Whiddett again won an important toss and predictably inserted the opposition whilst conditions were at their most difficult for batting. Chris Greenslade and Leo De Salis shared the new ball. Remarkably, it was De Salis who outshone his much vaunted colleague with a superb spell of swing bowling, and he made the breakthrough when Hudson presented Lee Whiddett with a regulation slip catch. After 17 overs Sheringham were 52-1, with De Salis going on to record a very impressive 10-2-27-1.
Further breakthroughs did not come until the change bowlers were introduced. Paul Stearman bowled an excellent spell, with Simon Woods carrying out a smart stumping to remove Bailey, as did Daryl Godbold, who dismissed opener King with the first ball of his spell when he nicked a full toss behind to the impeccable Woods. After 27 overs Sheringham had only 85 runs on the board.
Nick Gristwood replaced Stearman and maintained the pressure, nicking off two more victims to Woods. Sheringham were 130-7 from 36 overs. But from there, C Moy (41no) did open up and, finishing with a flourish, the visitors were able to post 167-7 from their 40 overs.
It still looked a very chaseable total but Melton were dealt a huge blow when, from the first ball of their reply, Chris Greenslade hammered a full toss straight to mid-wicket. That brought George Ducker to the crease and he was the chief counter-attacker, as he and skipper Whiddett added 64 for the second wicket in only 14 overs. At that point, Melton looked to be in a commanding position, but Whiddett’s dismissal lbw, having middled the ball onto his thigh, was to prove a turning point. Ducker was caught and bowled soon after for a fine 41, and when Jon Ellse (6) was uncharacteristically bowled and then Joey Greenslade caught at gully for 0, the collapse truly set in as the visiting umpire gave out both Tony Alborough and Daryl Godbold first ball. Melton had truly collapsed from 64-1 to 82-7 in a 5 over period.
Paul Stearman made a cameo 21 before becoming the 6th victim of N Lomax, and at 101-8 in the 24th over, the game looked all but over. But with 16 overs still to bat, there was hope that a partnership could be built but, with only Leo De Salis to come, Nick Gristwood and Simon Woods knew that it was down to them. It was Gristwood in particular who began the counter-attack, driving the ball with aplomb, whilst Woods provided solid support. They took the score to 132-8 from 31 overs, and then to 146-8 from 34 overs, as the onlooking home side began to believe that something special might take place. So it was to prove as three sumptious boundaries through mid-wicket from Gristwood followed, leaving Melton needing 4 runs from the final over to achieve a remarkable turnaround. From the first ball, it was Woods who completed a superb personal day with another boundary to spark jubilant scenes and leave Melton in rude health, second in Division Four.