A team saved by the rain at Rocklands
No Result: Great Melton A (5 Points) v Rocklands (10) at Rocklands Playing Fields in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
On a day when the distraction of the Club’s 40th anniversary celebration seemed to contribute to defeats for Great Melton’s first, third and fourth teams, Great Melton A managed to avoid defeat, but only due to a south Norfolk deluge after their worst batting performance of the season.
Admittedly, it looked a crucial toss that Rocklands’ skipper Will Defoe won, as he inserted Melton onto a very green looking surface. Whilst Lee Whiddett and Martin Bunn did make a solid start with the score 15-0 from 5 overs, Whiddett’s dismissal to a Jon Bunting yorker signalled a precession of wickets. Bunn was given two lives by the home side before chipping up a further simple catch. Matt Clarke nicked behind, the returning Alex Cooper made a scratchy 5 before being triggered out by umpire Darshan Rai, also making his first appearance of the season, and when Jon Ellse got an unplayable ball that rose off a length to take the glove, Melton were in all sorts of trouble. When Stearman, having made 17, then holed out disappointingly to mid-wicket, they were 54-6 from 22 overs.
The slump continued as Nick Gristwood also nicked off. Alex Rennie and Simon Woods stemmed the tide for a while, but when Woods was also caught behind, Darshan Rai then nicked off first ball and it was left to Rennie and De Salis to delay the Rocklands’ reply for 10 overs as they managed to take the score to 78 before the visitors were dismissed with 10 overs still to bat.
That period of batting proved vital, as when the players sat down for their tea and sandwiches, so the rain began to fall. It was destined never to stop as the steady rain turned into a 90 minute deluge which saturated the square. Much to Will Defoe’s obvious frustration, with the home side fully deserving to win, it was clear that no further play would be possible, and Melton escaped with an undeserved 5 points which leaves Brooke A 10 points clear at the top, with Stow A a single point adrift of Melton in third.