Great Melton lost to Old Buckenham by 4 wickets in the Mid-Norfolk League Shield Premier division.
Great Melton Sunday side got their league campaign underway with a trip to a cold blustery Old Buckenham.
Winning the toss Old Buckenham, and former Melton player, Ben Mann decided to invite the visitors to bat.
The hosts got off to the perfect start as Simon Wooldridge, making his first appearance of the season, was bowled third ball of the innings for a duck.
Things didn’t get any easier for Melton as Buckenaham’s bowlers bowled a good line and length not giving the visitors batsmen any scoring opportunities and the scoreboard was barely moving at around 1-an-over, in fact by the time the 10th over approached Melton had lost their second wicket in M. Cook (6) and the score had only reached 16.
Three overs later the score was still on 16 and Melton lost their third wicket, and by the halfway point of the innings the visitors had lost the wickets of Lee Whiddett (0) and Jon Moxon (6) to leave the score on 30-5.
With skipper George Bunn & Richard Waddell at the crease the pair attempted to start rebuilding the innings with Bunn patiently waiting for scoring opportunities and digging in trying to occupy the crease and Waddell hitting successive boundaries looking to up the run rate.
After 5 overs together the score had only moved on by 17 to 47-5 but then in the next over they scored 10 and then run rate started to pick up with boundaries coming and with the field starting to spread singles were being picked up regularly.
By the time Bunn had departed for a patiently made 42 the pair had added 78 for the 6th wicket to recover the innings somewhat. Although the tail did not contribute much they did hang around and give Waddell the support he needed to accelerate and move the score somewhere near competitive whilst passing his own personal landmark of an aggressive half century.
With the innings coming to a close Waddell looked to take a few more risks, with partners running out, hitting two towering sixes in consecutive scoring shots to move the score on to 155-9 but with two balls of the innings left he was run out trying to keep the strike for a brilliant 78.
The innings finished on 156 all out.
After tea Melton got off to a flyer as Ryan Hayward bowled Old Buckenham opener B. Askew first ball of the hosts innings.
In the fourth over it got even better for Melton as Josh Wilson took a smart catch off his own bowling to dismiss R. Sanford for 4 and in his next over S. Mann pulled a short ball straight into the midriff of Lee Whiddett at square leg to leave the hosts on 20-3 after 6 overs.
Unfortunately that would be Melton’s last success for a while as H. Duncanson and J. Briggs put on 72 for the 4th wicket with George Bunn having no successes with his change bowlers.
His luck changed when bringing himself onto bowl to try and break the partnership and did so in having Briggs caught on the deep square leg boundary by Wilson for 39.
Although Melton did have further success’ through Joe Bickel (1-24) and R. Hayward taking his second wicket of the innings as well as a tight spell from Waddell it only delayed the inevitable as Buckenham opener Duncanson passed 50 and had the game situation under control.
Even though the hosts passed the finish line with only 1 over left it was a game where the damage was done in the first hour of Melton’s innings to which they never recovered and were probably 40-50 runs short of posting a more competitive total but there were positives to take onto the next game against Anglians in two weeks’ time.
Great Melton innings.
S. Wooldridge b. Meredith 0, M. Clarke ct S. Mann b. Meredith 9, M. Cook ct B. Mann b Seeking 6, G. Bunn ct Savage b. B. Mann 42, L. Whiddett b. Savage 0, J. Moxon ct S. Mann b. Seeking 6, R. Waddell run out 78, J. Wilson b. B. Mann 3, N. Clarke b. Meredith 5, R. Hayward b. Meredith 0, J. Bickel 0 not out. TOTAL 156 all out (extras 7). G. Meredith 10-4-40-4, A. Seeking 10-2-18-2, C. Savage 10-4-29-1, P. King 5-0-27-0, B. Mann 4.4-0-39-2
Old Buckenham Innings.
B. Askew b. Hayward 0, H. Duncanson 70 not out, R. Sanford ct+b. J. Wilson 4, S. Mann ct Whiddett b. Wilson 12, J. Briggs ct. Wilson b. Bunn 39, B. Mann b. Bickel 9, M. Dunnett b. Hayward 9, P. King 1 not out. TOTAL 157-6 (extras 12). R. Hayward 9-2-35-2, J. Wilson 10-1-29-2, N. Clarke 5-0-29-0, R. Waddell 7-0-22-0, G. Bunn 3-1-13-1, J. Bickel 5-0-24-1