Firsts Drown-ham in the rain.
Downham Town 2nd XI vs Great Melton 1st XI
Saturday saw the first team head to Downham Market on an overcast afternoon. After agreeing an early start the skipper lost the toss and was asked to make first use of the used wicket.
Bunn (18) and Kannan (19) opened steadily with some disciplined shot selection matching the disciplined nature of the opening bowlers Grady (1-29) and Brooking (0-15). After making it to 34 in the 14th over Bunn was caught and bowled by Harwood (2-21) looking to accelerate. Clarke (7) joined Lohit at the crease and looking to increase the tempo of the innings was adjudged LBW to Corbett (2-17). Sam Mann (8) quickly followed Clarke back to the dressing room again caught and bowled by Corbett leaving the 1sts on the ropes at 64-3 at the half way point. Lohit then lost his off pole misjudging a leave to Harwood with a patiently made 19 (which should have been 23 had a Chinese cut not been signaled byes) showing good temperament in the face of some disciplined bowling.
Tipple was then run out for 4 and Melton were sinking without a trace on 74-5. Luke Marchant scored a counter attacking 30 before being caught on the boundary and with limited time left Hales (16) and Waddell (30) looked to increase the scoring rate with some lusty blows (including the illustrious “Filntoff” and a big straight 6 onto the pavilion roof from the skipper) and quick singles. Hales was bowled by Williams (3-48) and he was quickly followed by Garner (5) again bowled Williams. Waddell was caught on the boundary going for another maximum and the Melton Innings closed when Bickel was caught on the boundary from the last ball of the innings for a valuable 24 taking the team past the 4th batting point to 183 all out. James bridges left not out with 2.
Melton made a fantastic start with Waddell (2-33) luring Porter (0) into a leading edge which was smartly caught by Marchant at wide mid on. Bridges (3-49) followed up with the wicket of Simons (8) caught behind by Clarke leaving the home side 14-2. Waddell and Bridges both bowled with good control building pressure which was continued by Marchant (0-12), Lancaster offering some early chances with a couple of high catch going down early in his innings. Harwood looked to play positively and after launching Waddell down the ground for 4 then tried to repeat the feat and lost is middle pole playing on with a horrible slog(4). Brand(6) then clipped Bickel (1-20) to Garner (0-22) at square leg leaving the away side in the ascendancy with the score at 49 -4. Unfortunately that’s about as good as the day got for Melton as Home Skipper A. Corbett (55) steadied the ship after a nervous start, well supporting the free scoring Lancaster (83) to build a big stand and take the score to 155 before Corbett pulled Bridges to Garner at square leg. Lancaster was then eventually caught offering another high chance taken by Waddell off bridges but the score was then 177-6 and victory secure.
This was a similar tale to the previous 2 games where at the key moments of the game we couldn’t step up. 3 dropped catches proved costly and 4 batsman making starts but not a match winning contribution. The slow bowlers were not aided in this game either by a wet ball with much of the game being played in persistent drizzle. There were some positives too however with Bridges returning a fiery second spell with the ball after a controlled first and Kannan showing excellent temperament at the start of the innings.