Great Melton’s midweek A side exited the Wensum Cup at the 2nd round stage as they were defeated by Drayton on Monday 7th June.
Drayton won the toss and batted first with Melton Park looking at its finest on a warm summer evening. Coulson (4-0-13-1) opened the attack with Mason (4-0-34-0), Sharma’s good fielding leading to the 2nd wicket via a run out. At the midway point Drayton had reached 68-2 with Chamberlain making 30 before being bowled by Neal Clarke (4-0-25-1). Sharma bowled a lively spell and his fuller length was rewarded as he hit the timbers twice in his spell (4-0-22-2). Ducker (2-0-16-2) and Lee Whiddett (2-0-15-2) rounded off the innings, the latter having dashed back from Chelmsford as 30 players were either ineligible or unavailable for the match. Drayton kept scoring consistently despite the regular clatter of wickets with Satish (22) and Edwards (16) contributing and setting Melton 131 to win.
Matt Clarke and Moxon opened and after a circumspect start yielded 13 off 4 overs they kicked on to put on 62 in 10 before Moxon departed for 19. Clarke retired on 30 but thereafter Drayton kept good control and showed good depth in the six bowler attack that this competition specifies. Satish and Rohit bowled tight spells which saw a succession of batsman able to push singles and twos but none could hit the regular boundaries needed. Melton closed on 114-8 which was disappointing but Drayton deserved their win.