GMCC 1st XI v Bradfield 1st XI.
On a blisteringly hot day at the picturesque Bradfield Ground, Skipper Waddell, won a rare toss and chose to insert the opposition on what appeared to be an incredibly true pitch, the thinking being that the pitch was not going to change much throughout the day and the side batting second has more control of the game. As what seems to be the status quo in division one this year, the openers try to dominate from ball one and the Bradfield openers were no different, boundaries flowing from the bats of Wright and Scannel, before Waddell bowled the latter for a precipitous 16. This brought the diminutive Grimes to the crease, initially circumspect, he also started to cut loose, Waddell, quick to bring on his change bowlers which brought immediate dividends, with Harris removing Grimes for 20, caught by Heather at the position celebre, short mid-on. In his next over, Harris removed the obdurate Wright, smartly caught by Sims at mid off. With 2 new batsmen at the crease, Bradfield consolidated, allowing Sims to bowl with more loop than usual. Yarham taking this on, only to find Whiddett at mid off, but the catch went down, one of 7 that did during the Bradfield innings. Towards the end of Sims and Harris’ spells, Yarham began to unleash severe blows through cover to anything within his ark, his lofting of Sims for a straight, signalled the end of his spell. Replacement bowler Mann struggled slightly with his line, but collected the wickets of Bidewell, Reynolds and Wiseman (T). The ailing Adams accounted for Yarham, well caught by Heather at long off for 50. The run out of the thaumaturgically-looking Phillips was Great Meltons success as scampered singles and obdurate defence, interspersed with the odd boundary enabled Bradfield to register the slightly daunting 243 for 9. The fielding was not up to the usual standard, could this bode well for another discipline within the game?
Great Melton started their innings more circumspect than Bradfield did, although Whiddett did receive a life off the very first ball of the innings, dropped at mid wicket. He and fellow opener Bunn (G) put on 84 in 22 overs before Whiddett was bowled by Yarham for a well made 40, full of characteristic square shots and a less than characteristic lap sweep. Clarke (M) joined Bunn and they carried on the scoring to enable Melton to be in the hunt, putting on 64, before he was caught by Murphy, again off the bowling of Yarham for 18. a palid Adams joined Bunn and together, they took the game away from Bradfield, Adams with his powerful driving and Bunn with the dichotomy of his sublime touch play and brutal hitting. Bunn unfortunately fell for 92, caught by Murphy off the bowling of Abbs. With the transient Godbold, Adams finished off the run chase, Godbold ‘flamingo flicking’ Wright for 6 in the process. Melton were the runaway winners, beating Bradfield by 7 wickets with 4 overs to spare.
Bradfield 1st XI 243 for 9
(Yarham 50, Mann (B) 3-40, Harris 2-36)
Great Melton 1st XI 245 for 3
(Bunn (G) 92, Adams 57*, Whiddett 40, Yarham 2-34)