Great Witchingham “A” took the bulk of the points in a game where 515 runs were scored for the loss of just 14 wickets.
Witchingham won the toss and decided to bat but lost M Hale early to debutant Richard Waddell and when he had Garner caught in the gully for 0, the visitors were 19 for 2. However some aggressive batting from Atkinson and Dacre took the score along to 70 in just the 10 over before Dacre was dismissed by Rai for 39. Atkinson soon followed when he nicked a sharply spun leg break from Michael Sibert and Melton were back in the game with Witchingham 111 for 4. Baker (54) and Lilwall (69) restored some calm to the middle order in a partnership of 60 and with Rodgers (35) and Black (20 not out) playing useful knocks towards the end of the innings, the visitors posted a very competitive 289 for 7. Melton’s bowling had been inconsistent but the pick was Sibert with 2 for 45 and Rice 1 for 45 whereas Waddell’s figures didn’t reflect how well he had bowled on debut.
Melton’s reply got off to the worst possible start with Alex Cooper out to the first ball of the innings and when Martin Bunn was dismissed for 7, the likelihood of Melton reaching the target looked remote at 18 for 2. Martyn Cook’s innings looked promising as he unfurled a series of well struck boundaries but when he was bowled for 25, Melton were very much behind the run rate and had lost 3 wickets too. Jim Rice and Richard Wood built a steady partnership of 44 but when Wood was run out for 28 Melton knew that with their premier batsman gone it was really a question of whether they could reach 90%. Waddell showed his all-round promise in an aggressive knock of 28 but when he was caught in the deep and Michael Sibert out for just 4, Jim Rice and Mark Scott were left to defend for the losing draw. Rice brought up his maiden half century for the club before being bowled by Garner, but Scott and Harris remained untroubled as Melton closed their innings on 226 for 7.
Great Witchingham “A” (17 points)
S Dacre ct. Sibert b. Rai 39, M Hale ct. Wood b. Waddell 0, J Garner ct. Scott b. Waddell 0, M Atkinson ct. Wood b. Sibert 34, C Baker b. Rice 54, R Lilwall b. Sibert 69, D Rodgers ct. Cooper b. Waddell 35, C Black not out 20, B Fisher not out 0. Total 289 for 7 (D Rai 9-0-50-1, R Waddell 10-1-81-3, O Harris 2-0-18-0, M Scott 2-0-16-0, M Sibert 9-1-45-2, J Rice 11-2-45-1, N Hubbard 3-0-16-0)
Great Melton (9 points)
R Wood run out 28, A Cooper ct. Garner b Black 0, M Bunn ct. Atkinson b Black 7, M Cook b Black 25, J Rice b Garner 51, R Waddell ct D Hale b Garner 28, M Sibert ct Atkinson b Garner 5. M Scott not out 23, O Harris not out 4. Total 226 for 7. (C Black 10-5-37-3, J Wright 7-1-40-0, B Fisher 9-0-48-0, D Rodgers 10-0-37-0, M Atkinson 1-0-14-0, J Garner 9-1-32-3)