On another austere day at Melton Park, the first eleven entertained, bottom of the table Fakenham, looking to capitalise on the previous weeks win. Skipper Waddell won the toss and despite the cloud cover, elected to bat first.
With another permutation of openers, Melton exploited some less than punctilious bowling and the young pairing of Greenslade and Bunn (G) brought up an opening stand of 50 in only the 6th over. Just after registering the half century stand, Greenslade was controversially caught and bowled for a quick fire 23. Just 1 run later, Bunn (G) was bowled for an equally lissome 22.
With Godbold (M) batting at 3 and the august Wood (R) batting at 4, the engine room of the innings fired into life and produced a century stand filled with exquisitely timed shots and sagacious running between the wicket, Godbold (M) compiled a fantastic 55 before being caught by Clark off the bowling of Simmons. In the meantime, Wood (R) carried on in his own idiom, but lost Cook for 12 and Clarke (M) for 1. With the score on 191 for 6, once again the Melton innings threatened to peter out, however, Pask, showing the arrogance of youth, took on the Fakenham bowlers and partnering Wood (R) took the score on to 258 before Pask was given out LBW to Clark for 35.
The Melton innings closed on a cyclopean 268 for 8, with Wood carrying his bat for a superlative 91 not out.
With the bowlers ready to take centre stage, an attacking field was set for both Pask and the returning Thompson; Pask created the initial breakthrough by bowling Beaumont for 3, and in his spell of 7 overs, also removed Yarham, spectacularly caught one handed by Waddell at slip and Piper, caught at the wicket by Wood (R).
Sims Replaced Pask at the Pavillion end and 2 overs later Greenslade replaced Thompson. In his second over Sims removed Crane stumped for 4 then removed Young in his next, also stumped, for 2. Clark and Whitewood looked to bat out the overs before Greenslade conjured up a quick delivery to remove the obdurate Whitewood for a battling 41, caught behind.
With the tale exposed, Sims and Harris finished off the innings with Clarke left stranded on 36. Fakenham, all out for 161.
Great Melton 268-7
(Wood 91*, Godbold 55, Clark 4-44)
Fakenham A XI 161 All Out
(Whitewood 41, Clark 36*, Sims 5-37, Pask 3-25