Swardeston ‘B’ vs Great Melton 1st XI
On an overcast afternoon with drizzle in the air at Hilltops, Melton made 1st use of what was a hard and dry wicket at Swardeston B.
The opening pair made a fantastic start to the innings with Chris Greenslade and Matt Clarke ruthlessly dispatching some untidy bowling to the boundary with regular ease and running well between the wickets, until Clarke Fell for 19, Stumped off the bowling of Horrex in the 18th over with the score on 71. Wood joined Greenslade at the crease and the pair continued to build Melton’s momentum until Wood was caught behind again off the bowling of Horrex, for 20, having added 42 for the 2nd wicket. Godbold was then adjudged LBW 2 Balls Later leaving Melton on 113-3 at the half way point of the inning.
Pask joined Greenslade at the wicket and the ‘crèche’ played some fine shots to add 74 more runs to the total in quick time before Greenslade was Out in the 36th Over to a sharp caught and bowled by Micklethwaite for an excellent 95. 2 overs later Pask Followed, LBW to Cadge for 46, leaving 7 overs for the rest of the middle order to try to score as many as possible, with some lusty blows from Cook (21), Waddell (24), Bunn (24*) and Harris (7*) – adding 85runs in 7 overs and Melton finished on a total of 277-7.
Following the tea interval, Melton Started positively with Pask and Waddell Bowling with good control and the latter getting considerable bounce from a length. Pask removed Jessop with the last delivery of the first over, Bowled by an excellent delivery that took the openers off stump. Waddell then accounted for Olpin (5) and Micklethwaite (5), both caught behind by Wood, Cadge then edged Waddell between Slip and keeper before being caught at Mid Off from the bowling of Pask for 13 leaving the home side reeling on 35-4 after 10 overs. A huge turning point in the game occurred in the 12th over as Waddell bowled Kennard for 6, only for it to be called a no-ball – and this proved to be decisive as Kennard and Kalkani set about the Melton change bowlers, Kennard being particularly aggressive towards anything over pitched, utilising the short boundary. The 5th wicket pair batted through to the 37th over, when Kalkani was finally removed caught at gully off the bowling of Greenslade for a watchful 54, making a partnership of 178 and the game was finely balanced with the home side on 213-5. Greenslade then picked up 2 more wickets in his final over having Charlish caught behind by wood for 0 and bowling Bailey first ball. However in another turn of events the ball flicked the top of the stump and went on to hit wicketkeeper Wood, in the side of the head as he lost it in the gloomy conditions, and having to leave the field with ice to his injury, Clarke took the gloves for the remaining 7 overs.
As Melton sensed the opportunity to seize victory, with an end open the skipper looked to starve Kennard of the strike and bowl at the new batsmen in the dying overs. Pask removed Horrex for 2 and injured opposition skipper Nathan Taylor for 4, both bowled but Pask and Waddell were unable to remove Kennard or No11 Timmins in the final overs as Swardeston B finished on 245-9, 6 short of the 90% target with Kennard making a fantastic 128 Not Out including a fantastic straight 6 taken off a length back over Greenslades head and giving very few chances following his reprieve on 6.
Pask was the pick of the bowlers picking up 4-39 which included some fantastic bowling at the death, Greenslade continued his good form with bat and ball picking up 3-40 and top banana for the day.
The result was a little disappointing as Melton were so close to taking a maximum points victory and left with only 18 but the game was played in good spirits between 2 sides with some excellent young cricketers on show.
Great Melton (18pts)
Greenslade C & B Micklethwaite 95, Clarke St Horrex 19, Wood Ct Bailey Bld Horrex 20, Godbold LBW Horrex 0, Pask LBW Cadge 46, Cook Bowled Cadge 21, Waddell Ct Olpin Bld Horrex 24, Bunn Not Out 24, Harris Not out 7 (Extras 21) 277-7
Timmins 0-34, Cadge 2-60, Kalkani 0-52, Horrex 4-68, Charlish 0-24, Micklewaite 1-47.
Swardeston ‘B’ (9pts)
Jessop Bld Pask 0, Cadge Ct Cook Bld Pask 13, Olpin Ct Wood Bld Waddell 5, Micklethwaite Ct Wood Bld Waddell 5, Kennard Not Out 128, Kalkani Ct Waddell Bld Pask 54, Charlish Ct Wood Bld Greenslade 0, Bailey Bld Greenslade 0, Horrex Bld Pask 2, Taylor Bld Pask 4, Timmins Not out 8. (Extras 25) 245-9
Pask 4-39, Waddell 2-36, Scott 0-62, Bickel 0-29, Greenslade 3-40, Harris 0-21.