Great Melton’s unbeaten Zip League run was brought to an end by Hethersett & Tas Valley whose 33-run victory was well deserved. Apart from on one occasion, Melton’s batting has been their achilles heel but, in all their previous matches, their superior bowling and fielding has seen them through. With their 3 remaining matches against the ‘better’ sides they knew they would be tested and tested they were, losing 13 wickets chasing a fairly gettable total of 152.
Becca Greenslade won the toss and elected to bowl first, taking the only wicket to fall as the first pair scored 36-1 against Becca (2-0-23-1) and an injured Ollie Black (2-0-9-0). Although there were more extras than normal from Melton’s bowlers, two wickets from Kai Wilkinson-Loines (2-0-14-2) helped by catches by James Bridges & Charlie Green plus two run-outs, meant the Tas score stood at 133 (163-6) after 8 overs. Cameron Graveling (2-0-10-0 including one powerplay over) and Charlie Green (2-0-9-0) bowled very well against the final pair who only managed to score 19 off the last 4 overs to leave Melton needing 53 to win.
Nearly half were added by first pair Rebecca and Kai who took the score to 123 (133-2) despite each losing a wicket. However, the second pair Ollie and James had something of a ‘nightmare’ with the bat and were dismissed 6 times, in scoring just 8 runs which meant that the score slipped to 101 (141-8). The pressure on the last pair Cameron and Charlie proved too great and 5 more wickets were lost trying to push the score along meaning Melton ended on 184-13 a net score of 119.
Thus Melton lost by 33 runs. Tas Valley bowled and fielded very well but, although Melton scored more runs than their opponents they just gave away too many wickets. It was just an ‘off day’. As England showed, it happens to the best!