Great Melton 1st XI vs Hockwold 1st XI
The visit of serial promotion winners Hockwold to Melton Park was expected to be a tough game and so it transpired.
The home skipper won the toss and for the third game in a row asked the opposition to bat. The returning Marchant started well bowling with pace and gaining late movement and it wasn’t long before he had the dangerous J Gilmour (3) well caught at second slip by Hales.
There was a similar theme to the away sides batting as loose strokes and hard hands saw them reduced to 60-6 leaving the home side well on top after drinks. Hockwold battled well for the remaining 22 overs however, with opener Reeve showing patients until the final few overs when playing more expansively, finally being removed for a valuable 88 runs in the 41st over. He was well supported by Allsop who made a dogged 36 before Butcher clubbed some late runs to help the visitors finish on 193 all out.
The days champagne moment occurred on the last delivery of the first innings with the bizarre run out of Spencer by Tom Grant, taking aim at the bowlers end stumps, the umpire got in the way and the poor throw then ran the batsman out at the wicket keepers end to much hilarity.
Luke Marchant was the star of the show for the home side in his first game back from university taking 4-29 from his 9 overs. Tom Grant again bowled with good control to take 2-42 from his 9 and Waddell took 2-26.
The home sides reply got off to a frantic start with Ben Mann attempting to assert his authority on the game making a quick 20 before being bowled by Bland.
Clarke and Kannan then built a strong partnership with Clarke brutally dealing with anything over pitched and Kannan making his maiden first team half century typified by the classy strokes and watchfulness we have come to expect, before falling to an excellent one handed catch at short cover on 54.
Stearman fell quickly after that for a duck before Hales (36*) and Clarke (66*) saw the game home with 2 overs to spare without too many nerves.