On what was arguably the hottest day of the year so far, Hethersett won the toss and invited Great Melton to bat. The latest permutation of the Melton opening partnership, Greenslade and Whiddett, started the innings in juxtaposed styles Greenslade capitalising on some wayward bowling early on especially from Emeny, who was removed from the attache after 3 overs. Reeve, replacing Emeny, but initially couldn’t subdue the free-scoring Greenslade, until the 17th over when having brought up a composed and combative 55, he skied an innocuous delivery from Reeve, only to be held on the point boundary. Godbold (M) joined Whiddett, but only precipitously, as Whiddett was next to depart, caught by Burrett off the bowling of Bellchamber for 17. Disaster loomed as 1 run later Godbold was caught by Reeve, also off the bowling of Bellchamber for 5. With the stalwart Wood at the crease there was no cause for panic, yet, but the loss of Waddell, Cook and Clarke in quick succession, did much to change that. Wood, however, found a perfect accomplice in Harris and between them rounded the innings off well, Wood marshalling the partnership with intuitive running and punctuating boundary shots, taking advantage of some indifferent fielding by Hethersett. Wood finished with a fine 52 not out and Harris, showing gritty determination compiled a nuggety 32 not out. Melton finished on 186 for 6, a total to bowl at, but possibly light due to the short boundary on one side.
Great Melton took the field, opening with Scott and Waddell which immediately reaped dividends, Scott having Reeve smartly stumped by Wood for 3. The New batsman, Street and other opener Burrett looked to dominate the Melton bowling took the score to 42 before Burrett fell, well caught by Godbold off the bowling of Waddell for 21, including some lusty offside blows to the short boundary. Street was joined by Coyle, who began his innings in a more circumspect manner. With both opening bowlers given their spells, Harris and Sims took up the attack and although the Hethersett batsmen were still looking to finish the game at a canter both change bowlers began chipping away at the wickets. Harris picked up the wicket of Coyle, bowled for 17 and in his next over, removed the batting mainstay, Street, also bowled, but with 40 to his name. In the same over he also bowled Hipperson for no score. Sims removed Fahy, caught by Greenslade for 8 and also removed Parfitt, smartly caught by Godbold at cover for 0. With Cooper looking to dominate the slower bowlers, Waddell brought on his quickest bowler in Greenslade, removing Cooper in his 2nd over, caught by Wood for 29. With still some shifting of balance between the two sides occurring, Greenslade sealed the game by dismissing Warmsley for 3, to what could only be called a stunning catch by Waddell at slip and then bowling Emeny for 18. Great Melton winning by 11 runs.
Great Melton 1st XI 186 for 6
(Greenslade 55, Wood 52*, Harris 32*, Bellchamber 4-36)
Hethersett and Tas Valley 1st XI 175 all out
(Street 40, Harris 3-23, Greenslade 3-29)