GREAT MELTON (6 points) lost to BUNGAY (23 points) by 5 wickets at Maltings Meadow in the Norfolk Alliance Division 3
Make no mistake, there were mitigating circumstances for this defeat on the road to Bungay. However, at the end of the season no-one will care if, as seems entirely possible, this result will prove to have cost Melton promotion to Division 2. Neither did the circumstances ameliorate the disappointment felt by a side which has lost only once before this game.
On a difficult wicket, with uneven bounce and which offered generous assistance to the slow bowlers, the visitors were inserted and made a good start with Jason Whiddett looking in good form. However, on 27 not out, he took a quick single and injured himself in the lunge for safety. He could not continue and left the field with Melton on 48 off 12 overs. After that, the innings never really assumed any kind of authority over the bowling side, with the exception of notable flourishes from Richard Waddell (34) and Nick Mackenzie (31) who both managed to launch some lusty blows to the boundary. The final total of 198 for 7 seemed competitive if not decisive.
It looked to be a winning total with the home side reduced to 62 for 4 in the 14th over. However, a partnership of over 130 between York and Ramm took the home side to the brink of victory. The narrative might have been much different had York been taken off the bowling of Waddell with the score on on 107. It was a bitter and decisive blow, and the sort of straightforward catch that title challengers cannot afford to drop. Harris and Waddell took two wickets apiece and bowled just as well as Tom Moye who got through his 9 overs taking 1-27. However, those tasked with subsequent duties were unable to get on top of the Bungay batting effort and the game meandered to a frustrating end for Melton.
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