Great Melton 1st XI vs Mattishall 1st XI
On a hot and bright day at Melton Park the home skipper won the toss and invited the opposition to stand and bake in the field for 50 overs….or so he hoped.
The returning Dave Maskell and Jason Whiddett opened the batting for Melton getting off to a brisk start as some wayward bowling and some good batting saw the home side race to 22 from the first 3 over’s. This became 33-0 after 10 as the Mattishall openers started to apply some pressure with good swing bowling in humid conditions, however a good start to the innings.
However all best laid plans fall apart and a collapse ensued as Whiddett played on for 8, Maskell (14) and Clarke (0) were caught behind and when Adams was unfortunately adjudged LBW for 3 Melton had handed the initiative to the opposition with the score reading 45-4 after 15 Over’s, the skippers plan looking rather foolish.
Cook joined Greenslade at the crease for the 5th wicket and both played sensibly while they saw off opening bowlers Grant (opening spell of 8overs 5 maidens 2-8) and Gostling (7 over’s 2-30). The pair safely negotiated through to the 20th over with the score on 58, and from that point on they steadily increased the run rate as the fielders waned in the 28degree heat and the change bowlers offered more deliveries to tuck into. The score moved to 95-4 after 25 over’s, the pair making a valuable 50 partnership in 10 over’s. They then continued to play positively and by the 2nd drinks break after the 34th over both had brought up scores of 50 and in 9 over’s they had added another 65 runs with the score standing on 160-4. By this time cook was in full flow and Greenslade kept rotating the strike selflessly, with Cook dispatching anything over pitch or too straight to the mid on or midwicket boundary, quickly accelerating his scoring taking himself to a maiden first team hundred. Greenslade eventually fell to Spalding in the 43rd over for an excellent 72 having along with Cook added 193 for the 5th wicket, a new Melton record.
As the home side aimed for 300 Heather joined Cook and the batsmen added another 49 in quick time before Cook was eventually caught on the mid wicket boundary for a personal best score of 130 – a vital knock which included 17 fours and 4 Sixes.
The Melton innings closed on 299-7 after the allotted 50 over’s. Heather finishing on 32 not out.
Melton took to the field for the second half in good spirits; buoyed by the opposition requiring 6 runs per over having spend 3 hours cooking on a high heat. Mattishall also had a plan, sending in Spalding to pinch hit and while riding his luck along with some good blows he ruffled the homes side’s feathers. Waddell rang the bowling changes introducing leading wicket taker Harris early and this had the desired effect as he took a good caught and bowled to dismiss Brown for 10. Spalding continued to play aggressively now joined by opposition captain Gordon Chetwood. However Spalding went for one hit too many and found his middle stump uprooted by Harris for a quick fire 53. The age old saying one brings two rang true as Harris struck again 2 balls later having Gostling caught at gully by Heather for a duck. And when Chetwood fell caught at point by Harris off Greenslade for 26 Melton seemed to be Climbing on top with the opposition on 114-4 after 17 overs.
However Cole and Webber dug in and whilst maintaining a healthy run rate managed to add 61 for the 5th wicket before Cole was out for 26 caught at cow corner to Rennie in the 29th over with the score at 175.
Grant joined Webber and as it looked like the pair were just gaining the upper hand Grant Fell to the returning Heather for 19 which provided the opening Melton required to finish the game off as Ben mann (2-13) bowled the Dangerous Webber for an excellent 89 and then had Cheetham LBW for 0. Heather completed the victory cleaning up Whitbourne and Milne for ducks as Mattishall finished on 255 all out.
In a game that swung one way and the other for large parts, it was great relief that Melton came out on top setting up a mouth watering game at nearest rivals Garboldisham away next Saturday.