A week last Saturday, Great Melton First XI travelled to Beccles and once again found life in division one difficult.
a rare win at the toss for the skipper and Richard Waddell had no hesitation in inserting the opposition on a greenish track. After a delayed start due to thunderstorms in the morning the umpires allotted 45 overs per innings. The Beccles innings began aggressively as openers George and Mildred began to punish any wayward bowling, Milton especially so. Opening bowlers Waddell and Heather both bowled with pace and movement, but could not make the breakthrough. The first wicket fell when Farmer was brought on to bowl and in his fourth over, the young swinger removed George (D) for 16, well caught by Cook. Sims replaced Heather at the pavilion end and after the false start of dropping a straightforward caught and bowled from Milton, started to apply pressure ably assisted by Farmer. The Beccles innings suffered a middle order collapse with Sims taking 3 in 3 overs, Milton caught by Adams and Wright (G) by Whiddett. The dangerous, professional ‘Alexi Lalas’ impersonator, Fisher was smartly stumped by Wood for 0, leaving the innings wobbling at 80 for 4. Wright (A) was building an innings but survived a couple of scares as catches were downed,. Through mixing up the bowling and bringing on the impeccable Harris and also bringing back the hostile Heather, Beccles were restricted to 174 all out in the 43rd over, ultimately due to Wright (G)’s 46.
Local knowledge bandied around at tea time seemed to imply that this would be a winning total, even taking into acount the extremely short leg side boundary. Melton were confident of overhauling this. Melton’s innings though was a catalogue of disasters with wickets falling regularly, the only bright spots being Heather clearing the pavillion for 6 and Michael Farmer’s tenacious batting to try to secure the draw, unfortunately Sims fell to the first ball of the last over, gifting Beccles the victory.
Beccles 1st XI 174 All Out (43 overs)
GMCC 1st XI 103 All Out (46.1 overs)
Great Melton 1st XI v. Stow 1st XI, 14th June 2014.
As the great philosopher of our time, Meatloaf said, ‘Two outta three ain’t bad’, but in the game of Cricket, all three disciplines have to be equally good.
Great Melton lost the toss and were asked to bat on a decent looking Melton park pitch, however Mr. Loaf, this is where they could have done with that extra third! In the face of some tight bowling and umpiring, Melton collapsed to 147 all out, the majority of the batsmen getting into double figures, but not being able to capitalise.
Chasing such a small total, Stow looked to dominate straight away and capitalised on some wayward bowling, before Mann (B) removed Landymore for 12. Mann was replaced by Greenslade (C), who proved expensive and was in turn replaced by Sims. With Harris bowling well at the other end, the pair of slow bowlers stuck manfully to their task, picking up wickets and causing Stow to possibly rue their decision to go at the total like a bull at a gate. They eventually crossed the line, 7 wickets down.
GMCC 1st XI – 147 All Out (38 overs)
Stow 1st XI – 148 for 7