3rd August 2013.
A rather depleted Great Melton first team made the long journey to the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire border to take on Downham Market 2nd XI. Stand in skipper Olly Harris lost the toss and was asked to field first in warm but potentially changeable conditions, the portent from the typically road-like Downham wicket was one of a long hot afternoon in the field chasing leather.
Pask and Rai opened the bowling and in the third over Pask removed Crisp for 6, caught behind by Hales for 6. Pask then struck again in the 5th over dismissing Porter, caught by Godbold for 4. This brought the fortuitous Tansley to the crease who, with Sharpe, rode their luck to put on 67 before Sharpe was brilliantly caught by the piscine Greenslade, leaping salmon-like to take the catch off the bowling of Harris, having replaced the hostile Rai at the pavilion end. Sims, having replaced Pask at the cemetery end removed the middle order of Thulborne, Coe and Chauhan, all well held by Pask on the long off boundary. Harris withdrew from the attack and was replaced by greenslade who finally removed the serendipitous Tansley, when the favour of fickle lady luck finally deserted him and he was bowled off a mixture of arm and thigh guard for 62. The Downham innings threatened curtail prematurely after greenslade removed Simmons and then Rai, replacing Sims at the cemetery end bowled Sandhu. Sharp however marshalled last man Bourlet and together put on a partnership of 29, of which Sharp made 27. Downham ending the innings in the last over with Bourlet being smartly stumped down the leg side by Hales off the bowling of Harris, who, due to age restrictions, had to replace Greenslade for one over. Downham Town 176 All Out.
The Great Melton innings started brightly with Greenslade taking the attack to the Downham opening bowlers, with Whiddett happy to play the anchor, they took the score to 89 before Greenslade was out for 61 in the 20th over. Bunn (M), batting at 3, caressed one boundary through the covers before being caught off the bowling of Sandhu for 5. Any idea of a wobble in the Great Melton innings was immediately dismissed when Pask grabbed the innings by the scruff of the neck and attacked the Downham bowling with alacrity. Having smote 4 sixes and 3 fours, he holed out on the long off boundary going for another maximum, out for 42 from 10 overs, this pretty much sealed the game for Downham and it was left for Cook and Whiddett to administer the coup de grace. Great Melton overhauled the Downham total for the loss of 3 wickets in the 38th over, a very comprehensive victory.
Downham Town CC 2nd XI.
Tansley 62, Sharpe 32, Sharp 27 Sims 3-48, Pask 2-25, Greenslade 2-26, Harris 2-26
Great Melton CC 1st XI
Greenslade 61, Whiddett 48*, Pask42, Sandhu 2-18