Forty four doesn’t sound a significant number but in the context of Great Melton’s season thus far and Saturday’s low scoring encounter, Marcus Godbold’s innings was the stand out performance as Melton banished a run of poor results with a 5 wicket win over Saham Toney. Godbold (44) struck eight 4’s in his stay at the crease and it was an excellent knock on a difficult scoring surface.
Earlier the visitors won the toss and surprisingly elected to bat. Given the heavy rain in the days prior, the wicket was damp and more unpredictable than is usual at Melton Park and so against the accurate bowling from Nick Gristwood and Mark Scott, the Saham openers made slow progress reaching just 19 from the first 10 overs. Gristwood made the breakthrough removing Rimmer to a good catch by George Bunn, but it was Nigel Young who looked the most threatening gaining appreciable movement from the wicket. He bowled without much luck whilst Wood (29) and Ellis (26) built a partnership of 47 and although it took time, Saham were reasonably placed at 70 for 1 from 27 overs. Young finally received reward for his efforts when he bowled Ellis and when Daryl Godbold had Wood caught shortly after there started a collapse as 5 batsman were dismissed for ducks – the wickets were shared about; Mark Scott picked up 2 and Young collected another, but it was Daryl Godbold who ran through the middle order to collect 5 for 13 as the visitors were bundled out for 107. Only Simon Mower offered some resistance with 28.
Melton’s reply got off to a poor start as both Cooper (9) and Whiddett (4) were dismissed cheaply. Richard Wood soon followed given out lbw to a delivery that appeared to strike him outside the line of the stumps, and so at 28 for 3 the innings wobbled a little. Marcus Godbold calmed nerves however, albeit missing out on a deserved half century and with 25 from Dave Allum and some strong hitting from Nigel Young, Melton cruised to a confortable 5 wicket win with 25 overs to spare.
A Wood ct Waddell b Godbold 29, J Rimmer ct Bunn b Gristwood 6, D Ellis b Young 26, S Mower ct Wood b Godbold 28, X Huckle b Godbold 0, B Goodwin lbw b Scott 0, J Norman ct Young b Scott 0, D Paterson b Young 0, P Sims, b Godbold 0, J Cross ct Young b Godbold 0, P Always not out 0. Extras 16. Total 107 for 10. N Gristwood 10-2-28-1, M Scott 9-1-26-2, N Young 10-3-15-2, R Waddell 4-0-21-0, D Godbold 7.1-2-13-5)
A Cooper b Mower 9, J Whiddett b Norman 4, D Allum b Norman 25, R Wood lbw b Norman 2, M Godbold b Mower 44, N Young not out 12, M Scott not out 4. Extras 11. Total 111 for 5. (J Norman 8-2-32-3, S Mower 8.2-0-31-2, A Wood 5-0-25-0, D Ellis 3-0-6-0, X Huckle 1-0-13-0, J Rimmer 1-1-0-0)