GREAT MELTON (24 points) beat ACLE A (7 points) by 6 wickets at Acle in the Norfolk Alliance Division 3

There were occasions during this game when Acle young ‘A’ side threatened to wrestle control of this game away from the more experienced visitors, but ultimately, Melton were able to sustain a solid run chase to overhaul Acle’s first innings score of 200 for 8. At 81 for 5 from 29 overs, it looked as though the task of setting a competitive total would be beyond the home side. Fortunes changed when the diminutive all-rounder Adams strode to the wicket and got off the mark with two sixes and and four. The start proved to be characteristic of the positive and imaginative way he batted. When he was bowled by Waddell for 30, the whole innings had been provided with an impetus which had been hitherto absent.With Heath top scoring with 54, and Wilson next best with 34, Melton were well aware that they were going to have to work hard to win the game. Best figures, not for the first time this season, were from pace man Richard Waddell with 4 for 42. Perhaps the best spell came from Nick Mackenzie who bowled with far more aggression and skill than good fortune to finish with 2 for 11 from his 9 overs.

Acle must have had high hopes of pulling off a much valued victory when Melton were 24 for 2 from the first 10 overs of the response. This time it was Marcus Godbold who provided the innings with momentum. Acle seemed to have few answers to his sharp running between the wickets and solid drives straight and through the covers. One or two dropped catches added to their woes. When he was out for 46, brothers Chris and Joey Greenslade successively arrived at the wicket to take on Godbold’s baton. With Richard Wood adding continuity at the other end to top score with 73 not out, Melton eased up to the required total with little fuss in the end, notwithstanding a very good spell from left arm spinner King who managed to extract some turn from a dry surface. An encouraging result after the disappointments of the previous week, to finish with 8 wins from 9 going into the second half of the season.

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Richard Wood

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