Great Melton A (17 Points) achieved a winning draw against Rocklands (5) in Frankly Digital Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Five
Great Melton A:
J Whiddett c Dodson b Abel 58
C Greenslade b Carr 24
M Clarke b Aamer 19
P Stearman b Dodson 10
J Howard Not Out 37
L Whiddett st Defoe b Dodson 9
G Bunn st Defoe b Carr 9
D Godbold c Halls b Carr 11
S Woods Not Out 0
Total (7 Wickets, 46 Overs) 201
S Carr 12-0-43-3, M Etteridge 7-1-28-0, S Halls 7-0-47-0, L Abel 5-2-4-1, L Dodson 7-0-30-2, S Aamer 8-1-35-1
S Mann c Rai b L Whiddett 9
J Noonan c Woods b Rai 3
W Defoe b Godbold 23
S Aamer lbw b Godbold 4
S Halls c Stearman b Godbold 7
M Walker b Clarke 34
T Bart c J Whiddett b Rai 1
S Carr Not Out 12
M Etteridge Not Out 4
Total (7 Wickets, 46 Overs) 122
D Rai 12-0-26-2, D Bunn 8-3-22-0, L Whiddett 9-1-25-1, D Godbold 7-2-16-3, G Bunn 5-1-13-0, M Clarke 3-1-7-1, C Greenslade 2-1-3-0
An excellent half-century from Jason Whiddett underpinned a dominant performance as Great Melton A opened up breathing space in the Division Five promotion places with a winning draw against Rocklands.
Rocklands skipper Will Defoe won a good toss after heavy early morning rain and inserted the hosts but Jason Whiddett and Chris Greenslade made light work of the tricky conditions as they worked opening bowlers Carr and Etteridge around the park to leave Melton 61-0 from 17 overs before Greenslade played across the line to a ball from the dependable Carr (12-0-43-3).
Matt Clarke (19) joined Whiddett shortly after and the latter continued on in a fluent knock that belied the tough conditions to pass his fifty in a knock containing one six and six fours before clipping an easy catch off the bowling of Les Abel, who was soon after badly injured and forced to leave the field.
The Melton innings then appeared to stutter slightly as Paul Stearman (10) and Matt Clarke (19) got out rather than hit out, with credit to the Rocklands bowlers Dodson (2-30) and Aamer (1-35) who kept things tight. Will Defoe then smartly stumped opposite number Lee Whiddett for a breezy 9 to leave the hosts struggling at 141-5 from 36 overs.
From there Jonny Howard (37) played a fine knock. Ably suppored by Daryl Godbold (11) the home side edged past 200 in the last over to claim maximum batting points and a competitive total, although it was perhaps 20 runs short of what they would have liked given their earlier strong position.
Melton needn’t have worried, however, as Darshan Rai struck early to remove Noonan to a fine catch from Simon Woods, and then Lee Whiddett (9-1-25-1) had Simon Mann (9) well caught at square leg by Rai to leave Rocklands in trouble at 31-2 from 10 overs.
Daryl Godbold then proved the inspirational figure as he trapped Saad Aamer (4) lbw and remove Halls (7) and Defoe (23) to put Melton in total command at 58-5 from 21 overs.
From there, Martin Walker dropped anchor and although Rai had Bart (1) caught at slip by Jason Whiddett, this only introduced Steve Carr to the crease and the two batsmen dug in for the draw.
Very few runs were scored as the two men clung to the crease and although Melton rang the changes with the bowling, they could not remove either until Matt Clarke (1-7) bowled Walker (34) with just 6 overs remaining.
Carr (12no) and Matt Etteridge (4no) then saw out the remaining overs and Rocklands closed on 122-7, avoiding defeat but claiming just 5 points in the process.
Melton take a healthy 17 points from the match which appears to leave them in a two-way battle for the title with Winterton, whose victory at Aldborough leaves them 13 points behind leaders Melton with 4 games to play, Melton having 3 matches at Swardeston/Ceyms, Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers A and Brooke A to play.