Aslam Mohammed took 5-34 and Richard Wood and Matt Clarke both scored half-centuries as Great Melton 1st Team made it five wins out of five. The 8 wicket winning margin was not at all flattering as Melton 1st XI swept aside Swardeston 3rd XI. In truth, there were only rare occasions when the visitors looked capable of preventing the home side from cementing their position at the top of Alliance Division 3.
Having won the toss, Swardeston chose to bat but struggled to post a total of 193 all out in the penultimate over. Save for a partnership of 114 between Blake Bowden (61) and Jonathan Walton (39) for the sixth wicket aided by a couple of dropped slip catches, they never really took advantage of an excellent wicket with true pace and bounce, and a very quick outfield. The star of the match was Aslam Mohammed who took an impressive 5-34 from his 8.5 overs. He bowled cleverly by mixing up his pace and length. It was too much for Swardeston, especially their younger players. Both Tom Grant (9-2-39-1) and Luke Marchant (8-3-22-1) also got through good spells.
It was no surprise when the Melton successfully chased down their target with 10.5 overs and 8 wickets to spare. Both Matthew Clarke (62 not out) and the in-form Richard Wood (77 not out) passed 50 by manoeuvring the bowling whilst taking the minimum of risk.
It was one of those days at Melton Park when 300 might not have been a defendable target. Melton go into their enforced mid season break – due to the withdrawal of Saham Toney – with an unbeaten record, and looking forward to the rest of the season.
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