A’s washed out to take promotion race to final day
No Result: Great Melton A (6 Points) v Stow A (10pts) at Stow Hall in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
Great Melton were left to rue the weather as their wash out, coupled with a victory for Winterton at Sheringham, cut their lead in second place of Division Four to 16 points, meaning that Melton will need 10 points to guarantee promotion from their last fixture on 30th August, against Rocklands at Melton Park.
Earlier in the day, Lee Whiddett won the toss and inserted a strong looking home side featuring prolific batsmen Mike Broad and Will Denny. Whiddett's side was much weakened due to unavailability across the first and A teams, with the likes of Nick Mackenzie, Michael Farmer, Richard Waddell, Rob Sims and Darshan Rai all unavailable. In from the B team came Gary Coulson, Jon Moxon and Ben Carding.
In truth, however, it was one of the A team's outstanding performers this season, Leo De Salis, who bore the brunt of some fine batting from Stow as De Salis' 10 overs went for more than 80 runs. Stow raced to 100 in around 16 overs as both De Salis and then an out of sorts Nick Gristwood were smashed all around the park.
Whilst Gary Coulson did bowl a solid 12 over spell, and debutant Ben Carding also backed him up with 7 decent overs, Stow looked in a commanding position at 235-3 from 40.3 overs when the rain began to fall. The players were never to return to the field as a deluge flooded the square.
It will now all come down to next week's game with Rocklands as Whiddett's ‘Invincibles' look to finish off their season with their unbeaten record intact and with promotion to Division Three secured.