GREAT MELTON (25 points) beat FAKENHAM (5 points) by 6 wickets at Melton Park in the Norfolk Alliance Division 3
It was hardly a faultless performance, but Melton did enough to register a much needed win in Division 3 of the Alliance. One of the main contributors to the game was the torrential downpour during Thursday afternoon which acted to ‘tranquillise’ the pitch. In fact, it played remarkably well with consistent albeit slow and low bounce all afternoon for both seamers and slow bowlers alike.
Melton’s opening bowler, Richard Waddell was the first to feel the effects, as he tried in vain to extract some enthusiasm from the playing surface. It was an inspired piece of selection that had the home side playing four slow bowlers in Bickel, Rennie, Garner and skipper Harris. The latter opened the attack with Waddell but it was Garner (3 wickets) who was to make the greater inroads into Fakenham’s top order. In particular, he saw off the visiting captain, Harrison Futter, who was well on his way to a century before being caught behind for 84. With him went the last chances of posting a total in excess of 200, as Waddell returned to do a ruthless job in mopping up the tail to end with a very impressive 4 wicket haul.
Melton’s response was efficient if not entirely domineering. Despite an early set back, there were two main stands (both of 50 plus) between Matt Clark (40) and Richard Wood (44), and then latterly, Joey Greenslade (15 not out) and Sam Mann (37 not out). It was enough to see Melton home by 6 wickets as they chased down a target of 174 with many overs to spare. The man of the match award went deservedly to Waddell for his decisive strikes in the first half of the game.
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