This was a memorable game played out between Great Melton and Martham, two of the likely contenders for the Division 3 Title. That the game finished at all was a minor miracle, given the rain storm during an extended tea interval, and the darkness in which the denouement of the game was played out. The game will be remembered for a magnificent spell of slow left arm bowling by Rennie in the first innings, and two knocks of remarkable boldness and calm by skipper Harris and, again Alex Rennie. The latter was rightly named man of the match.

But Martham must look at this game and wonder how it all went wrong. At 119 for 1 off 30 overs, with opener Stromach well on his way to 65, it seemed that the home side would have to chase well in excess of 200. But Rennie bowled a spell which went for only 12 runs from 9 overs. Wicketless but very significant in the context of the match. Harris also crucially took 3-45 (one of which was Stonarch), with Carding and Waddell taking 2 wickets apiece.

The final total of 195 all out, off less than 43 overs, still looked a tall order for Melton who lost Greenslade early. Clarke then played with fluency and got to 36 before being caught. Ben Mann then produced some audacious batting to move to 46 before being given out LBW having played one ‘Dilshan scoop’ two many. In truth, the game looked lost with a handful of overs left, but the final pairing of Rennie and Harris put on 26 in the near darkness to confound the visitors. The winning run was scored by Rennie off the final ball of the match with the scores tied. Hearts were left in mouths to the very end as Rennie started to celebrate a little too early and only narrowly avoided being run out……..And breath!
Richard Wood

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