GREAT MELTON (25 points) beat WINTERTON (7 points) by 19 runs at Winterton in the Alliance Division 3

Winterton provided a stern test for Melton’s title ambitions in a close fought match on the sunny day beside the seaside. The visitors were put into bat by the home skipper, on a wicket which provided assistance for both seamers and spinners alike, with inconsistency of bounce a key feature of the game. Melton openers, Jason Whiddett and Richard Wood built steadily before drinks, putting on 80 for the first wicket, until Whiddett was unfortunately run out for a very well put together 45.  Ben Mann and Richard Waddell subsequently arrived at the wicket and added much needed impetus to the innings but a steady loss of wickets due to very good slow left arm bowling from Snowling always meant that Winterton were going to have a realistic if challenging target. Top score for Melton was Wood with 73 as the visitors finished on 203 for 6 off their 45 overs.

Winterton started their response in similar fashion and were 50 for 1 after 17 overs. The main threat to Melton always seemed likely to be the in-form Snowing who immediately began to strike the ball cleanly and with great confidence. The crucial moment came with Snowling on 58, when he hit a short ball from Waddell square of the wicket but straight to Joey Greenslade who took a very good catch on the short boundary. By the time Waddell bowled Brannigan next ball, Melton had resumed control of a game which had threatened to slip away. Winterton declined steadily and were eventually bowled out for 180. Richie Waddell lead the way all afternoon with the ball with an excellent 3-37 from 8 overs. However, Joe Bickel pushed him very close with an excellent spell of controlled leg spin to finish on 3-33 from his 9 over spell. Both were well supported by Garner and Grant to leave Melton on top of the division with almost half the season already played.

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Richard Wood

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