Great Melton 1st XI v Swardeston/CEYMS – 18th May 2013.
With Melton receiving a favourable share of the points from last week’s abandonment, the top of the table team entertained Swardeston/CEYMS at Melton Park. Richard Waddell won the toss and had no hesitation in inviting the opposition to have first use on a pitch, though retaining its firmness, bore a tinge green.
The fledgling opening bowlers of Pask and Greenslade continued their productive partnership with Pask making the initial breakthrough removing Olipin, LBW for 1, with the score on 4. Greenslade then accounted for Swardeston veteran, Simon Jessup for 4, smartly picked up by Godbold at cover after being hurried into an injudicious cut. Micklethwaite and Taylor (M) set about rebuilding the innings and played out the remainder of Pask and Greenslade’s opening salvo.
Waddell then introduced Scott and Harris into the attack and the rewards were quickly reaped, Harris, after a tentative first half to his opening over produced the ball of the day to remove Taylor (M), opening the batsmen up and going on to clip off stump, Taylor (M) bowled for 14. In his next over Harris removed the top-scorer Micklethwaite (D), smartly caught by Clarke for 19. For the second time Swardeston/CEYMS had to regroup with Bailey and Mickelthwaite (R) playing out the remainder of Scott and Harris’ spell, before Waddell brought himself and Sims on for what would be the final act of the piece.
Caught between Scylla and Charybdis, the Swardeston/CEYMS innings petered out in the 39th over with Sims and Waddell taking 3 wickets each to wrap up proceedings, Swardeston/CEYMS finishing on 93 all out.
Melton went about securing the victory in a cautious manner, the first wicket, Wood, LBW for 19 in the 26th over with the score on 47. Cook increased the temperature of the innings after being served with a number of loose deliveries before he perished, smartly caught by the venerable Horrex, off the bowling of Levison for 19. Throughout the innings Whiddett once again batted with quiescence, seeing Melton over the line and registering his second league half century of 2013.
This comprehensive victory sees Melton retain their position at the top of the division 2 table for the short journey to Saxlingham.
Swardeston/CEYMS 93 all out
(Micklethwaite (R) 19, Sims 3-4, Waddell 3-12)
Great Melton 94 for 2
(Whiddett 50*, Wood 19, Levinson 1-17, Horrex 1-23)