Great Melton (4) lost to Swardeston (19) by 6 wickets in the Mid-Norfolk League Shield Premier division.
George Bunn, winning the toss, took the opportunity to bat first in the warm sunshine on a decent looking Melton wicket.
Lee Whiddett and Martin Bunn opening up got the hosts off to a good start, running well between the wickets and cutting loose when the bad ball came. After 12 overs Melton had reached 43 without loss but unfortunately in the next over bunn ran himself out for 24 bringing Chris Greenslade to the crease.
Looking positive and fluent, Greenslade looked to continue where bunn had left off, hitting some impressive boundaries and one enormous six over straight midwicket. At 91-1 after 21 overs Melton looked in a good position to set a competitive total against a strong Swardeston side.
In the next over Greenslade was dismissed on 29 bring Martyn Cook to the crease with the home side looking to push on towards 200+
Swardeston skipper B. Hogg set his fields well only allowing Cook and Whiddett to take singles to the fielders in the deep and after a good innings of 33 Whiddett holed out to long off.
The middle order of M. Cook (10), M. Clarke (3) and S. Woods (0) got frustrated and either gave their wickets away or were victims of some questionable umpiring decisions with only J. moxon (32*) showing any patience against the visitors attack.
Melton’s innings petered out with the lower order struggling to put bat to ball, the score finishing on 159-7 from their 40 overs.
After tea the home side needed to take early wickets if they stood any chance of victory from the game. The first five overs were quiet with no real chances or no intent shown by the batsmen with Greenslade bowling well in his first few overs.
It was Wilson who was punished for some loose deliveries as he went for 13 in his last over and that seemed to give the visitors the jump start they needed.
The run rate increased rapidly as the two Taylor brothers set about reaching the total themselves, boundaries coming with alarming regularity; it almost became a competition between the two who would reach 50 first.
C. Taylor reached the 50 mark after taking 22 off one Greenslade over but M. Farmer, in his third over, then had Taylor well caught by M. Cook in the deep.
Greenslade then got his revenge by bowling J. Taylor for 45 with the last ball of his spell as Bunn looked at his other options.
By this time it was only a matter of when and not if Swardeston would win the game as Bunn brought J. Bickel into the attack followed by himself and with his first ball came the champagne moment of the game for the home side, with Simon Woods having a rare opportunity in the field flew to his left to pouch a very impressive catch but the game soon ended four overs later as Swardeston passed the target in the 27th over.
Great Melton innings
L. Whiddett ct D. Reynolds b. Hogg 33, M. Bunn Run out 24, C. Greenslade ct J. Reynolds b. Martin 29, M. Cook ct Denmark b. Hogg 10, M. Clarke lbw b. Hogg 3, S. Woods lbw b. Martin 0, J. Moxon 32 n/o, J. Wilson b. Thelwell 10, G. Bunn 3 n/o TOTAL 159-7 (15 Extras). S. Thelwell 8-2-18-1, J. Timmins 10-0-33-0, J. Thacker 5-1-25-0, D. Martin 10-1-40-2, B. Hogg 7-0-35-3
J. Taylor b. Greenslade 45, C. Taylor ct Cook b. Farmer 52, L. Denmark lbw b. Bickel 28, J. Reynolds ct Woods b. Bunn 8, B. Shearing 9n/o, D. Reynolds 2 n/o TOTAL 160-4 (15 Extras). J. Wilson 4-0-29-0, C. Greenslade 7-1-56-1, M. Farmer 7-1-22-1, J. Bickel 6-0-22-1, G. Bunn 2.5- 0-17-1