GREAT MELTON (23 points) beat MUNDFORD (4 points) by 8 wickets at Great Melton in the Norfolk Alliance Division 3
In a week of upheaval, it was reassuring to see that some aspects of British life summer very much ‘remain’, namely attempting to play cricket between rain showers. Melton’s perseverance was to pay off as they were steered comfortably to an eight wicket win by a solid batting performance headed by David Adams and Richard Wood. The pair put on an unbeaten century stand for the third wicket which proved too much for a game but limited Mundford side.
In truth, there had been few signs of a genuine competition between the intermittent rain delays. Mundford’s top order struggled to achieve any kind of authority over Melton’s bowlers, and for the first 20 overs, the score ticked over at less than 2 runs per over. Meanest amongst the bowlers were Grant, who got through his 6 overs for 16 runs, and Mackenzie who took 3-21 from his 9 overs. Mackenzie’s second spell just after half way stage of the innings, during which he removed the dangerous Brand, and Long, in effect put an end to the tie as a contest. Skipper Oliver Harris, and Alex Rennie, also picked up three wickets each, leaving the visitors with a score of 174 that never seemed likely to be enough on what remained a very good batting wicket and quick outfield.
And so it transpired, with Melton getting to their target with 5 overs to spare. Amongst sporadic showers and under a stunning double rainbow, both Adams and Wood flourished, regularly driving through extra cover and cutting to the point boundary. Clarke had also provided a solid foundation at the top of the order with a solid 30, before being given out LBW.
Melton’s promotion bid remains on course, but no doubt with tougher (and drier) challenges ahead.