GREAT MELTON beat OLD BUCKENHAM by 67 runs at Old Buckenham Hall in the Norfolk Alliance Division 3
There are a few occasions when one is privileged to see a young cricketer transform into the finished article. Melton’s visit to Old Buckenham was one such occasion as Alex Rennie produced the kind of faultless performance he had been threatening for much of the season. His figures of 3 for 24 from his 9 overs in fact masked the quality of the spell. His control of line, length, drift and significant turn was such that even the most able of the home batsman struggled to survive, let alone actively pursue the target of 233 set earlier by Melton. By taking the wickets of Dunnet (stumped for 29) and Askew (caught behind for 26), Rennie ripped the heart out of Old Bucks top order.
Earlier in the day, and under gloriously sunny skies, the home side had won the toss and decided to bowl first. Melton’s start to the task of setting a competitive total was less than auspicious. When Clarke went early, caught down the leg side, Wood joined Jason Whiddett and for 10 overs, progress was painfully slow (27 from the first 13 overs), the result of a slow surface and excellent bowling. However, firstly Whiddett and then Wood had managed to reverse the momentum of the game. When Whiddett went for a determined and improvised 58, the score was 109 of 27 overs. Both Adams, Greenslade (38) and then Mann helped Wood (83) to compile what felt like a slightly better than par score in the conditions. Pick of the bowlers had been Andy Seaking who took a miserly 1 for 18 from his 9 overs.
Providing support to Rennie during the home side’s response was Connor White, who bowled an accurate and disciplined spell of 3 for 36. Such was the quality of the Melton attack that a very able side never really looked likely to chase down their target and we’re all out for 165 in the 43rd over.
Having lost to Old Buckenham earlier in the season, this was a highly satisfying result which leaves Melton very much in the hunt for promotion to division 2.