Sprowston A 129 ao (5pts) vs Great Melton 1st XI 131-6 (22 Pts)
Saturday found the first XI away to Sprowston A on an overcast afternoon where Captain Olly Harris won the toss and elected field with the surface looking hard and very dry.
Early breakthroughs from Mohammed (2-14) had the home side immediately under pressure with some probing swing bowling accounting for Boothby (2) caught by Garner at square leg and bowling Salmon (4). This was followed up after a brief rain interruption and upon returning Harris (1-26) and Grant (2-32) continued the good early work picking up a wicket a piece to have Sprowston on the ropes at 28-4 after 14 overs.
Flamboyant Batsman Maw (44) then produced a counter attacking innings supported firstly by Cooke (11) and the watchful Robinson (13) to stem the flow of wickets while Grant and Rennie (0-21) probed away.
Once Garner (2-11) was introduced to the attack he removed both set batsman with his slow left arm spin and the tail was promptly mopped up by Waddell (3-14) which included 2 steepling catches taken by firstly Alex Rennie and then the skipper taking a good catch over his shoulder to bring the innings to a close on 129 after 42overs. This was perhaps 20-30 more than it should have been with the Melton bowlers on occasion guilty of perhaps getting a little excited with the bounce, swing and turn on offer and also being guilty of a few errors in the field.
The Melton chase began with Whiddett (45) and Greenslade (4) playing watchfully as the home bowlers had clear plans and generally executed them well. Wright (1-41) bowling to hit the ridge back of a length and Potter (0-28) bowling a tight stump to stump line making the batsman play. Wright was generating steep bounce upon hitting this ridge and broke Greenslade’s concentration when he gloved behind only for it to be put down by Salmon, however he then nicked off chasing a wide delivery with the score on 16 soon after.
In form Matt Clarke Joined Whiddett at the crease and looked to play positively hitting 3 boundaries until playing around a straight delivery from Spillings (2-35) for 21 with the score on 57. Roff (3-22) then accounted for Mann (6) and Mohammed (1), and Spillings picked up Aston (1) all playing loose shots, while Whiddett was removed by a good delivery from Roff for 45 – Melton had slumped to 83-6 inside 30 overs.
This brought Garner (24*) and Waddell (27*) to the crease and the contrasting styles of touch, text book stroke play and placement vs brute force saw Melton home after 35 overs Waddell bringing up the winning runs with a straight maximum off Potter.