With Melton Basking in the evening sun Waddell won the toss and elected to bat first against Mattishall.

Pearse and Clarke got the Melton Innings off to a good start brutally dispatching anything short or over pitched to the boundary with the Mattishal opening bowlers struggling with their line and length and falling foul of the self inflicted leg side wide rule.

Melton Eased to 34 before Pearse play on off the bowling of Talbot for 22. The returning Alex Cooper joined Clarke at the wicket and the score moved on to 63 when Clarke was ct for a classy 30 including 6 boundaries.

Meltons rate slowed as the Mattishal slow bowlers gained a bit of control and Cooper (28) Mann (19) and Waddell (14) managed to keep the score ticking along to total 138-6 from the allotted overs. A score that appeared a bit light given that we had accumulated 63 from 6 overs.

Farmer opened the bowling for Melton and was quickly into a good rhythm. Alex ‘Chalky’ Rennie opened up alongside him and struck with his 6th delivery having Riches well caught at long on by u15 team mate Joey Greenslade.

Both Farmer (2-23) and Rennie (3-30) Bowled excellently restricting the Mattishall reply with very few boundaries being conceded. Neal Clarke (1-29)and Nick Gristwood (2-34) maintained the pressure, supported by some tidy fielding and excellent catching from Farmer, Greenslade and Sam Mann, restricting the Mattishal innings to 122-8 from their allotted overs.

An excellent team performance means that Swardeston await us in the next round.

Categories: Midweek Team Reports