Great Melton 1st XI (5Pts) lose to Acle 1st XI (22Pts) in Division One of the Norfolk Alliance

Great Melton were unable to follow up the previous weeks expertly judged run chase with a 3 Wicket defeat to 8th Placed Acle.

Melton, asked to bat first on a slightly damp wicket lost opener Whiddett in the fourth over caught at point for 1. Sam Mann followed soon after for 7 Bowled by Larner in the 11th over and the in form Adams was smartly stumped by Press as he lifted his foot from the bowling of young left arm spin bowler King for 5 with the score on 46. Melton then lost their fourth wicket in the 16th over with the score on 48 with Maskell being caught for a well made 28 from the bowling of Ex Melton player Tom Wilson.

Melton’s troubles deepened further as the returning Cook was bowled as a turning delivery penetrated his defences for 6 bringing the Skipper to join Pearse at the wicket with Melton on the ropes at 56-5 in the 18th over.

Waddell and Pearse batted sensibly dispatching the bad balls to the boundary and managed to put on 73 for the 6th wicket until a lapse in concentration saw Waddell unfortunately adjudged LBW not offering a stroke to an away swinging delivery from Rowe for 35. This wicket signalled the beginning of the end as Heather (14) and Mann (10) looked to support Pearse but failed to occupy the crease for a significant period, Heather bowled by Rowe, Pearse caught at long on for a well made 37 and Mann Stumped off the bowling of King leaving Melton 156-9 after 41 Over’s.  Once again the last partnership needed to bat out a significant number of over’s to prevent Acle from acquiring them however Sims was deceived by a Rowe Slower ball and was caught for 2. Melton finishing on 165 after 44 over’s. Rowe the pick of the bowlers with 4-43 however King bowled very well,  extracting turn and bounce, returning 3-46 with his left arm spin.

Following the interval only 3 balls were possible before a rain interruption curtailed play. Acle batted aggressively from the start with another Ex Melton player Josh Wilson batting positively against Heather and Sims. Sims made the initial break through having Acle stand in captain Peter Nobbs Caught by Ben Mann for 3 bringing Tom Wilson to Partner younger Brother Josh at the crease. J Wilson batted positively against change bowler Waddell until losing his middle stump to a big off cutter. The game was in the balance with Acle 56-2 from 18over’s as the heavens opened and rain stopped play for an hour and a half.

When play resumed the Melton crowd was swelling, enjoying the beer festival and hoping to see some entertaining cricket, they were not left disappointed.

Harris took over from Waddell and bowled a very economical spell taking the wickets of Press and Roberts both bowled. Sims who bowled tightly without much reward (14 overs 1-34) was replaced by  Heather who removed Tom Wilson with a Yorker for 29 and when Ben Mann removed Ward Caught neatly at gully by Whiddett for 9 it looked like Melton were moving into pole position at 107-6. Unfortunately however Rowe batted well dispatching some late wayward bowling in a quick fire 48 to take the game away from the home side and Acle completed the run chase with 7 wickets down using 48 of the 56 over’s available.

It may have been a very different story had once again the top order batsmen been able to convert a start into something more meaningful giving the bowlers 20-30 more runs to play with given the generally good bowling and fielding display.

If Melton are to turn their season around in the second half then a higher price will have to be placed on our wickets and more responsibility taken by the batsmen to score the bulk of the runs.

Great Melton – 165 All out. Pearse 37, Waddell 35, Maskell 28. Rowe 4-47, King 3-46

Acle 168-7 Rowe 48* Wilson T 29 Wilson J 28. Harris 2-23 Heather 2-44

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