With bright but cold weather prevailing, Melton Park looked at it’s early season best on the final weekend of pre-season friendly matches. Skipper Richard Waddell won the toss and elected to bat and the opening pair of Woods and Bunn proved that this was the right decision with a fine opening stand of 131; both players seizing the opportunity to get some time in the middle. Wood retired on 60, including 8 fours and was soon followed by his fellow opener Bunn, retiring on a well constructed 57. The Melton innings fell away slightly in the closing overs, but the home side finished with a competitive 181 for 4.
Acle’s innings began at a canter, with Ward looking to be aggressive against almost every ball bowled by the opening bowlers, Waddell and Pask. Waddell, bowling at a lively pace, made the initial breakthrough by having King spectacularly caught at mid-wicket by Cook. Harris, replaced Waddell and settled into a decent rhythm, though Acle batsman, Roberts, was severe on any wayward deliveries. Sims replaced Pask at the pavilion end and the flow of runs reduced, Harris removed Ward, bowling him for 21, Sims took the wickets of Handley (G), Roberts and Siddel and Harris finished his spell after taking the wicket of Betts, also bowled. With the Acle innings floundering, Bickel and Widdett wrapped things up with a wicket and 2 wickets respectively and were assisted by a fine direct hit run out by the mercurial Cook.
Melton can be satisfied with their pre-season matches on the whole, with the majority of squad members getting a game over the past 3 weekends, this can only be good preparation for the start of the 2013 campaign.