Great Melton beat Drayton by 8 wickets at the King George V Playing Field in the 1st round of the Wensum Cup
At the third time of asking Great Melton’s Midweek Marauders finally took to the cricket field against old friends Drayton on a glorious May evening.
Drayton opted to bat first and openers Howes (23) and Knowles (16) set about the task of building a score to defend with positive intent. The left right combination certainly settled far quicker than Melton’s opening bowlers Kyle Mason (0-19) and Daryl Godbold (1-13) and arrived hastily at a score of 34 runs off the first 5 overs an excellent start!
Melton needed a wicket and it came courtesy of George Ducker (3-22) who had replaced Godbold at the road end, Knowles succumbing to the low bounce of a poor pitch. Drayton’s No3 Hunt (6) also suffered similar bounce alarms facing the nagging accuracy of Ducker and he seemed almost relieved to be run out by the excellent Jon Moxon running in at mid off in the 10th over.
By that time Drayton had moved onto a useful 61 runs with Howes looking more and more threatening but Melton found saviour in the guile of Chris Mackay (1-15) and George Bunn (1-6) both bowling so well that they strangled the life out of Drayton innings.
Bunn claimed the big scalp in Howes, stumped by an improving Matt Clarke, as he delivered superb delivery after superb delivery and the question has to be asked as to why he is not bowling on a Saturday afternoon. Ducker returned to complete his spell claiming the wickets of Pointer and Dobson for low scores.
Neal Clarke (0-24) spoilt two excellent overs with an erratic last one as, between Clarke dropping a straight forward chance with his first ball and failing to complete a run out with his last, Drayton, mainly through Reeve, plundered 14 runs to end the innings at 108 for 7.
Drayton took that momentum into the field and Melton struggled again to get into the innings. With the loss of Tony Alborough (1) and with the score at 11-1 off 4 overs things looked awkward for the Alliance side especially on surface so very foreign to the paradise of Melton Park.
Matt Clarke (31*) and Whiddett responded to the challenge well however and soon began to assert some sort of authority into the reply as they tucked into the change pair of Suafi (0-27) and Reeve (1-16). Clarke’s forced retirement brought Olly Harris to the crease and after a sticky couple of overs he and Whiddett picked the scoring rate up again as Drayton struggled to find a change bowler able enough to exert the same pressure as opening bowlers Pointer and Flanders had done previously.
Whiddett succumbed in the 14th over to Reeve but not before he had helped place Melton in the ascendancy, powerful stroke play from Moxon (15*) and further nice shots from Harris (32*) taking Melton across the line in the 19th over.
A good victory, on a tough surface, sets up a second round match against Coach and Horses in this most friendly of competitions and we wish our endearing hosts good luck in the Plate too.
A Hawes st Clarke b Bunn 23, C Knowles b Ducker 16, K Hunt run out 6, F Dobson b Ducker 5, P Eggett c Clarke b Ducker 0, J Reeve not out 29, R Pointer LBW Ducker 1, R Davis b Godbold 7, Suafi not out 1 Extras 15 TOTAL 108 (7 wickets) from 20 overs. K Mason 3-1-19-0, D Godbold 3-0-13-1, G Ducker 4-0-22-3, C Mackay 4-0-15-1, G Bunn 3-0-6-1, N Clarke 3-0-24-0.
A Aldborough b Flanders 1, M Clarke retired 31, L Whiddett b Reeve 18, O Harris not out 32, J Moxon not out 15. Extras 15 TOTAL 112 (2 wickets) from 18.1 overs. Pointer 3-0-14-0, Flanders 3-0-16-1, Suafi 4-0-27-0, N Reeve 4-0-16-1, Dave 2.1-0-18-0, J Reeve 2-0-17-0