GREAT MELTON (24 points) beat SWARDESTON (1 point) by 8 wickets at Melton Park in the Norfolk Alliance Division 3

It is becoming a theme of this season’s campaign that Melton appear to have greater strength in depth than their opponents. This was perfectly demonstrated by the victory over their neighbours, Swardeston ‘A’ at the weekend. The visitors, having been put into bat, got off to a flyer, as openers Matt Hogg (41) and Ben Chapman (31) put on a pretty fluent 69 for the first wicket. However, once slow left armer Aaron Garner had both caught in relatively quick succession, Swardeston offered little further resistance. Only one other batsman got into double figures as as they collapsed to 97 all out. The wicket was blameless as batmen proved unable to come to terms with the questions asked by both Garner (who finished with a man of the match performance of  4-15) and Alex Rennie who took 2-13 from 9 overs, and who also bowled excellent lines and length, and, on occasions, turned the ball appreciably. There were also 2 wickets apiece for seamers Tom Grant and Aslam Mohammed.

The response was a straightforward one, with Jason Whiddett top scoring with 47 not out. He played with measured aggression to see Melton over the finishing line after 23 overs. Next week’s game is an away fixture at Winterton, where the test will be far more challenging.

For scorecard click on link: http://greatmelton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3135496

Richard Wood

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