For the second week running, Great Melton 1st XI’s bowling attack successfully led the way on a day affected by the nature of the pitch and preceding week’s weather. It is not often that the toss is not significant in early May, and this was no exception. Having been put it, Old Buckenham found it tough going against an exceptional economical opening salvo from Mohammed Aslam, and the luckless Tom Grant. Both bowled with pace and movement on a lively wicket. However, it was skipper Waddell who most impressed with 4 wickets in successive weeks to prevent the tail from wagging, despite a well constructed and unbeaten 50 from the home keeper Andy Austin.
A total of 154 for 8 seemed under par, and so it transpired, as man of the match Ben Mann played one of his more studious innings, stoically supported by Lohit Kannan (18). When Mann was dismissed on 51, having reversed swept impressively on two occasions, it was left to Matt Clarke to take Melton to within sight of the target with a typically uncompromising knock of 41.
With 8 overs and 5 wickets to spare, this was a comfortable win in the glorious evening sunshine, which was almost as welcome as the victory! The highlight of the day was a superb running catch in the deep from Lohit Kannan to dismiss the dangerous opening bat for Old Bucks. The standard has been set.
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