Cricket the Winner, but Brooke take the points…
Great Melton 1st XI V Brooke 1st XI – 31st May 2014
Great Melton 1st XI’s travailes continued against Brooke, where overall, an excellent game of cricket was played, but with Brooke taking the points, whither Great Melton now…?
Returning captain, Richard Waddell, once again lost the toss and on a damp wicket and in overcast conditions, his opposite number had no hesitation in inserting the visitors. Openers Whiddett and Greenslade were circumspect against tight bowling from Nudd and Habershon, but in the ninth over of the day, veteran Whiddett fell LBW to Nudd for 6, with Melton’s total on 16. Greenslade was joined by Adams and between them they doubled the score to 32 before Adams was caught by Wicket Keeper Collinge off Nudd for 5. A rare lapse from the redoubtable Wood saw him LBW for a golden duck from the first ball of Nudds next over, having taken a wicket from the last ball of the last over, was now on a hat-trick. An appearance by transient journeyman Goodbold (M) was extreme in it’s brevity as he also only lasted one ball, to give Nudd his precipitous three in three. With Mann (B) bowled by Block, the mercurial middle order had been becalmed and the innings lay in tatters at 56 for 7. Heather, playing his maiden innings for the 1st XI set about repairing the damage, ably assisted by Cook, before he was caught by Whitehead off the bowling of Stone for a useful 28. Waddell, the next man in helped Heather add another 36 to the score before he was taken by Gilliatt at slip for 15. Having reached his first half century for the club, which included nine 4’s and two 6’s, Heather’s innings was curtailed, bowled by Habershon for an impressive 52. With Sims’ contrary knock lasting only three balls, Great Meltons innings ended on 159 with Harris remaining 11 not out and presenting Brooke with an additional 6 overs. Not a convincing score yet one that would require some work from the Brooke Batsmen.
Brooke’s reply seemed to make a mockery of the perceived demons in the pitch as Panter and Whitehead batted responsibly, but with temporal assistance, they were able to wait for the inevitable bad ball and deal with it appropriately. Heather and Waddell opened the bowling for Great Melton but wiith scant success. With Heather and Waddell replaced by Greenslade and Harris, it again seemed that the laconic progress of Brooke towards the total would go unhindered, before Harris, bowling as cannily as usual, removed Panter, caught by Adams for 47 and then removed Collinge for 0, smartly taken by Wood behind the stumps. 81 without loss had then become 82 for 2. Venerable spinner Sims was brought on and immidiately found a probing line and length, becalming the Brooke innings to almost a stand still, allowing Harris to manfully carry out his work, removing other opener, Whitehead, bowled for 27. Wills, playing the Anchorman roll, allowed Leck to try to bludgeon Brooke out of the slight trouble they had found themselves in, but after a couple of lusty blows, he was smartly caught by Mann (B) for 14. Gilliatt, keen to try the same approach, rode his luck against Sims, before he was also bowled by Harris for 8. Sims, continuined to vary flight and pace removed Habershon for 5, caught by Harris for 5 and then had Block caught by Waddell for naught, unfortunately, this would be the last success for Melton. Waddell changed his bowlers around, but could not breach the Brooke innings as Nudd and Wills saw Brooke home, though the score was overhauled in the 50th over out of of a possible 56, due to excellent ground fielding and tight bowling.
Great Melton, again, need to look to perform all three disciplines well to dominate games in division one.
Great Melton 1st XI – 159 all out (Heather 52, Cook 28, Nudd 4-49, Stone 3-37)
Brooke 1st XI 160 for 7 (Whitehead 47, Wills 27*, Harris 14-3-43-5, Sims 14-5-29-2)