After 7 consecutive wins for Olly Harris’s first team, Great Melton were brought back down to earth with a bump suffering a 7 wicket defeat at the hands of Old Buckenham A.
On a blisteringly hot day Old Buckenham elected to field having won the toss. Bowling with tight lines and clever field positionings they managed to keep the total down, forcing the batsmen to work hard for their runs. Whiddett worked his way to 16 before being smartly caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Austin. Greenslade (13), Mann (24) and Garner (20) all got starts before all being bowled trying to push the score along. Clarke showed good resistance and patience to work his way to 71. Supported by Hales (14) they ticked the score along as best as possible. With overs running out Melton looked to finish strongly however the tail failed to wag and they finished on 187/9 from their 45 overs.
Bowling teams out has come naturally to Melton this season, and with what was perhaps the best fielding drill warm up since Matt Clarke had started it 5 years ago taking place before the game Melton couldn’t be written out of it.
Opening bowlers Mackenzie and Mohammed showed aggression and pace with the new ball. Mackenzie produced a genuine cricket wicket by removing Alexander(8) squaring him up and catching the edge on the way through to keeper Clarke. An over later and Free(0) was caught by B Mann at slip again from Mackenzie’s bowling. Askew(17) came and went to a good boundary catch from Greenslade off the bowling of Rennie.
At 50-3 and the game in the balance it was important for Melton to turn the screw and take their chances. Unfortunately Old Buckenham skipper Dunnett and new bat Bailey settled in and after both being dropped off the bowling of Bickel, they took control of the game and saw their side home with 4.5 overs to spare.
A disappointing end to the 2017 unbeaten run, however we aim to bounce back next weekend against Acle A following it up with Beer Festival activities!
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