GREAT MELTON C (7 points) lost to Old Buckenham B (25 points) at Old Buckenham High School by 32 runs
On a dry, warm yet breezy day at Old Buckenham High School, Melton’s collection of young, old, Dads and resurrected took on a home side equally constructed in Division 3W.
With Dave Bunn (2-14), almost taking each day as it comes in cricketing terms, simply trying to find his line, S Robinson drove at a wide one, and was snaffled by a diving Pete Graves at cover, to signal jubilant high fives all round. J Perry soon followed him back to the assembled chairs, before Aimee Palmer (1-40) settled into a fantastic spell, rewarded by a second Graves catch at cover. At 23 for 3, Old Bucks were in need of a new flame and Melton were daydreaming of what could be. Aging batsman John Lund proved not to be a broken man, and started to make Melton’s bowlers suffer as he calmly accumulated a well crafted half century to anchor the innings, ably supported by a hard hitting I Pape (24) and C Sturman (28). Simon Carding (2-16) picked up two late wickets, but the hosts pushed on to post a more then competitive 187-8.
Ian Wickham, who had earlier bowled a good 7 overs, continued to hold back the years and in typical fashion nudged and knurled his way to 29 before leaving himself stranded. Three quick wickets fell before Aimee (10) was able to unleash a few picture book strokes. At 58 for 5, Melton was reeling but 57 run partnership by Dave Bunn (32) and Leo de Salis (24) put the chase back on course before a second needless run out gifted Old Bucks another scalp. A 32 run partnership between Si Carding (20) and Clive Rennie (7) had the home side worried, dropping the field back to save the boundaries. With the required run rate rising, an adjusted target of 160 for a 4th bating point was all Melton could realistically aim for, but they fell short as M Harding (3-19) tied the batsmen up to ensure the hosts ran out winners, Melton ending on 155.