Are the first XI batsman like the Scarecrow following the yellow brick road…?
Great Melton 1st XI (7pts) vs Garbolidsham 1st XI (24pts)
Melton travelled to 8th placed Garboldisham with hopes of climbing out of the bottom 2 as both sides started the day on 118 points.
On a hot sunny day in the picturesque setting that is Garbys home patch the Melton skipper lost the toss and was asked to field first.
Heather made the perfect start to the innings as he smartly took a return catch off Leach (0)with his 3rd delivery. Phoenix joined Mann at the crease and both initially played watchfully as Heather and Pask both bowled tightly finding bounce and some movement from the pitch. Mann (5) was dismissed in the 11th over with the score on 20 caught well at gully by Harris. Jackson then was dismissed by Heather for 12 caught by Cook at mid on and at 42-3 Melton had the best of the opening 15 over’s.
Phoenix continued to play watchfully, pulling anything short and Walker looked to play positively getting forward driving Sims through the covers a couple of times before misjudging an attempted sweep shot being given out LBW for 18. This wicket brought J Warby to the crease, Scourge of Melton park in 2013 and he looked to continue in a positive manner driving at Sims again through the cover region before chipping tamely to the skipper at mid off for 8. At this point Melton truly had the upper hand with the score reading 103-5 after 25 over’s.
Cash Joined Phoenix and together they rebuilt the Garby innings, putting on 73 for the 6th wicket before Cash looking to inject some positivity into the innings got a leading edge off Harris and was well caught by Waddell running round from mid off taking the catch at mid on for 32. The pair had took the score to 177-6 after 39 Over’s.
Phoenix looked to really kick on and with the field spread looked to work Pask into the leg side, going to 110 before being dismissed by Pask caught at fine leg by Harris attempting to hook. Heather then bowled Rackham (6) and Pask Bowled Fuller(0) before Heather had Hogg (3) caught at midwicket to complete his Maiden Melton 5fer. Garboldisham bowled out in 46.3 over’s for 222. A score looking slightly below par.
Melton opened with Greenslade and Clarke and as Rackham looked to extract the bounce back of a length off spinner Fuller opened from the other end. Greenslade played watchfully to start with and Clarke was caught at point for 1 following injuring his knee attempting a quick single. The returning Godbold joined Greenslade and as the looked to propel the score in one direction the wickets column went in the other as Godbold missed a straight delivery from Hogg for 12 and then Adams sliced a wide delivery to be well pouched by Cash at second slip for 4. Greenslade was on a mission having to leave to go to work so went on the attached hitting 6 boundaries in succession before holing out to long off for 51. Cook was unable to repeat his heroics from the previous week loosely driving at a wide delivery and being caught at point for a duck and hopes of a win were quickly fading as the score read 89-5 after 23 of an allotted 53 over’s.
Pearse (24) had looked in good touch driving well until a ball bounced considerably off a length taking his bat handle and looping to 2nd slip and when Heather was caught by Hogg at long on for 12 off Fuller, Pask and Waddell were left looking to salvage something from the wreckage. Waddell (14) dealt a few lusty blows to some loose deliveries from Leech having worn a ‘bouncer’ from Fuller the off spinner before gloving a length delivery to first slip off the returning Rackham. Pask had moved to 18 in this time playing positively to anything over pitched and Harris cut two lose balls for 4 before being adjudged LBW to Fuller having hit the cover off it. Pask then nicked off to Rackham and Melton fell short of the target by 58runs with 13 over’s remaining.
Melton’s division 1 hopes now rely on Melton Winning more games than Gaboldisham with 5 remaining. A tough ask given the lack of application and brains shown from the batting department for large parts of this season.
Garboldisham 222 – H Pheonix 110, D Cash 32. Heather 5-40
Great Melton 164 – C Greenslade 51. Rackham 3-22.