Richard Wood (111 not out) scored his 5th century for Great Melton and together with Dave Allum (79), shared in a second wicket partnership of 197 as Melton beat Swaffham by 85 runs in Alliance division 3. Wood batted through the innings to bring up his milestone, collecting 13 fours and a six along the way and although Swaffham picked up the late wickets of Cook and Godbold who were both looking to score freely in the closing overs, the home side’s score of 272 was an imposing total and one that gave their bowlers every chance of claiming 10 wickets on a batting friendly surface.
Swaffham’s reply started brightly with Eagle playing some handsome drives through the covers but 4 wickets from Melton skipper Mark Scott put his side very much in the driving seat. He accounted for Eagle, Oxborough, Payne and Yates in an 11 over unchanged spell and despite the best endeavours of Anthony Reeve (84 not out) Swaffham had little answer to the Melton bowlers. 15 year old Darshan Rai took 2 for 38 and slow left arm Jim Rice 3 for 45, but it was the batting of Wood and Allum earlier that had set up the victory for Melton.
A Cooper ct Lown b Smith 26, R Wood not out 111, D Allum b Smith 79, M Cook lbw b Smith 0, M Godbold run out 1, P Stearman not out 13. Extras 42. Total 272 for 4.
(M Smith 12-3-40-3, M Annakin 9-0-83-0, M Eagle 6-1-27-0, M Crisp 9-1-55-0, C Yates 1-0-9-0, C Oxborough 9-0-51-0)
M Eagle ct Allum b Scott 13, C Oxborough ct Godbold b Scott 8, M Crisp ct Allum b Bunn 3, A Reeve not out 84, A Payne ct Woods b Scott 4, C Yates b Scott 0, J Payne b Rice 12, M Smith ct Rice b Rai 20, A Dale b Rai 4, A Lown b Rice 0, M Annakin b Rice 0. Extras 39. Total 187 for 10
(D Rai 12-1-38-2, M Scott 12-0-51-4, D Bunn 8-2-32-1, J Rice 7-0-45-3, P Stearman 2-0-11-0)