Great Melton stick in to limit damage in losing draw.
Great Melton 1st XI Vs Garboldisham 1st XI
On an overcast afternoon at Melton Park, with rain forecast all afternoon, Melton won the toss and elected to bowl in what looked like favourable conditions.
This decision looked vindicated as the opposition were reduced to 40-3 in a spell of tidy seam bowling lasting 15 overs from Pask and Waddell. This was rudely interrupted in the 16th over as a heavy downpour interrupted proceedings.
By the time the rain had cleared and the innings resumed, Garbolidishams Worby and Cash looked to pounce on anything loose and also ran well between the wickets. Aided by some poor fielding and some wayward bowling, they rallied and took the score to 137 before Cash fell, Caught behind by Wood from the Bowling of Olly Harris. Following this breakthrough Melton should have looked to increase the pressure on the opposition, however the free scoring Worby continued to plunder his way to 90, throwing the bat at anything wide, generally hitting it over point, and anything straight being picked up into the leg side. Worby was ably assisted by Allin to take the score to 197 before Allin was dismissed caught at deep square leg from a Greenslade bouncer. Worby fell soon after caught at deep midwicket by Waddell off the bowling of Farmer in the 40th over. The damage was done however and with wickets in hand the opposition batted to the end of their innings to make 236 – 9.
In reply, the Melton innings got off to the worst possible start as the returning Whiddett cut straight to point with the score on 8. The situation was made worse when Greenslade played round a straight delivery from Taylor and was adjudged LBW for 4 making the score 9-2. Clarke and Wood set about stabilising the innings however it was going to take something special to recover to make an assault on the 236 target. The pair added 41 for the 3rd wicket before Wood was caught behind off the returning Rackham who bowled a testing line and length assisted by some seam movement. The next man in was Cook who was soon caught behind playing away from his body to the same bowler. This left the score at 63-4 after 25 overs.
The situation was now clear that it was going to be very difficult to chase the 174 required in 21 overs. Waddell came to partner Clarke, and one over later, when asked to see out the final over of Hoggs spell, Clarke made the rash decision to come down the wicket to the offspinner and was bowled. Bunn came to the wicket and he and Waddell proceeded to try to bat out the overs and limit the number of points Garbolidsham could take from the game whilst trying to gain a few batting points. Bunn and Waddell watchfully negotiated a testing few overs from Fuller and Rackham and the 6th wicket pair put on 64 before Waddell was caught at deep midwicket trying to take the score towards the 150 run batting point having made sure the team could not (hopefully) get bowled out with 2 overs remaining.
All in all it was a disappointing performance and result, against one of the stronger sides in division 2. If we intend to maintain a push for promotion then we must take our catches and bowl fewer extras as this contributed an extra 3 overs to garbolishams 46.
H Pheonix Ct Wood Bld Pask 4, I Melvin Ct Bickel Bld Waddell 17, P Walker Bld Waddell 12, D Cash Ct Wood Bld Harris 34, J Worby Ct Waddell Bld Farmer 90, M Allin Ct Farmer Bld Greenslade 19, A Hogg Ct & Bld Greenslade 18, D Taylor Bld Farmer 8, B Asker Bld Farmer 2, L Rackham Not out 0, R Fuller not out 0. (Extras 32). 236-9
K Pask: 12/2/50/1 R Waddell: 10/1/32/2 M farmer: 7/1/38/3 O Harris: 7/1/45/1 C Greenslade: 9/0/55/2
C Greenslade LBW Taylor 4, J Whiddett Ct (@Gulley) Bld Taylor 0, M Clarke Bld Hogg 18, R Wood Caught (behind) Bld Rackham 22, M Cook Ct (behind) Bld Rackham 4, R Waddell Ct (Deep Midwicket) Bld Rackham 36, G Bunn Not out 27, K Pask Stumped Bld Fuller 4, O Harris Not Out 0, (Extras 23) 138-7.
D Taylor 9/3/15/2, L Rackham 12/1/66/3, A Hogg 12/4/22/1, R Fuller 10/4/26/1, B Asker 2/1/6/0, D Cash 1/0/1/0