GREAT MELTON (22 points) beat WINTERTON (5 points) by 4 wickets at Melton Park in the Norfolk Alliance Division 3
Melton 1st XI cemented their place as promotion contenders on Saturday with a solid victory against Winterton by 4 wickets. On a wicket which offered a little to the most accurate of bowlers all day, the match winning performance came from Melton captain Ollie Harris who returned remarkable figures of 4 for 9 from his 9 overs, with 5 maidens thrown in for good measure. His stunning spell effectively brought the Winterton innings to grinding halt, with nobody amongst the visiting batsmen getting to 30 in their total of 163 for 9. Richard Waddell provided very effective support from the other end, and had taken 2 for 10 from his 5 overs before a foot injury curtailed his contribution.
However, the target set for the home side never seemed likely to be enough, and despite some very tight bowling from Winterton, this proved to be the case. With the score at 65 for 1 at drinks, there was no need for panic, even when left arm spinner Snowling took two wickets in the same over to give the visitors some cause for optimism. Top sorer was Richard Wood with 67 who saw Melton home with some cautious batting only occasionally embroidered with a flourish. He received valuable support from Jason Whiddett (28) and Tom Grant (22 not out) with the target reached with 17 balls to spare.
There are some tougher test ahead if Melton are to go on to secure promotion to Division 2, starting with a tricky tie away to Swaffham next week.