26/5/18 – Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers Vs Great Melton 1st XI
On a sunny day at the picturesque Barton turf the away skipper won the toss and elected to bowl on a green tinged surface. The day started well as Waddell (4-33) removed opposition Stalwart B. Everett bowled through the gate for 2 then the repeated the Feat removing opposition skipper Jordan Everett for 10. Tom Moye bowled with good control from the other end as the skipper then removed the aggressive opener Ponder LBW for 29. The away side had made a fantastic start to have the opposition 49-3 after 14. James Robb (3-25) entered the attack replacing the skipper to remove Joseph Everett first ball well caught in the gully by Tim hales for 4. A period of watchful batting then ensued between T Harris (60) and C Marrable (38) with both edging between the slips during the course of their 92 run partnership. As the set youngsters looked to accelerate the scoring wickets started to fall again with Robb returning to remove Marrable and Mulhall (5), Garner removed Harris caught by Ben Mann on the boundary and after nicking 8 runs off Robb through the vacant slips Waddell removed the dangerous R Joseph for 18. (Having been launched for a big maximum straight back over his head there were fears of a repeat from the week before). Unfortunately the away side were unable to take the final 2 wickets and the innings closed on a reasonable 185-8.
After a magnificent feast, Clarke (15) and Kannan (4) started the Melton reply and Kannan was outpaced by Ex Kent man Joseph. Garner (3) looked in good touch until nicking off to Jo Everett and when Clarke had his timbers removed by Jordan Everett the away side were in what is becoming our now normal position of 41-3 from 9overs. Returning club legends Cook(14) and Godbold (14) both looked at ease until cook was bowled having a wild slash at Jo Everett and by the time Ben Mann (9) nicked off to Jordan Everett and Godbold was out LBW to the same bowler things were now looking ominous at 68-6. Hales (29) and Waddell (6) looked to build a partnership until the skipper was caught under a tree at deep square leg off Marrable. Robb Filntoffed his way to 6 before a break down in communications led to his run out and the score 97-8. With batting points left to fight for Hales saw the visitors to Nelson before being caught on the green I mean at long off leaving Youngsters Tom Moye (13 inc a glorious champagne straight 6) and Josh Wright (9) to try to amass as many as possible which took Melton past the 125 run batting point before Moye Picked out the Square leg boundary fielder off Mulhall.
Again the lack of application of the 1st Xi batsmen shone through during the testing periods, much like the England test side at the moment where perhaps a little more patients would have seen us get a lot closer.