GREAT MELTON beat BUNGAY by 6 wickets at Melton Park in the Norfolk Alliance Division 3

There is a limited time that a civilised gentleman can be expected to survive on golf alone, so it brings joy to the heart to witness the start of another season. After a pretty grey and dreary week, the sun was shining on a impeccably prepared Melton Park. But with some moisture still lurking beneath the surface, first team caption Ollie Harris decided to put the visitors, Bungay, into bat.

As it turned put, it was a day for opening bowlers but Bungay made a solid start and at one point were 112 for 3, with Lewis top scorer with a determined 62. However, he did have the benefit of being dropped 3 times before being caught athletically by Waddell. Bungay eventually managed a modest total of 128 all out. Head of the bowling attack was Richard Waddell with 5-16, split between 2 very good spells at each end of the innings. It was also great to see Aslam Mohammed bowling up the hill with good pace and control, finishing with excellent figures of 3-11. The champagne moment came when Aston took a tremendous catch on the long on boundary running back whilst trying to avoid stepping over the line to remove the dangerous Lo.

All did not go well at the start of Melton’s reply, with early wickets to the very effective Chris Fuller who finished with 4-15 to be Bungay’s only wicket taker. This proved to be the decisive factor as the visitors clearly had fewer bowling resources to call upon than their hosts. The other difference between the sides was the level of application demonstrated by Joey Greenslade (46 not out) and Aaron Garner (40 not out) who put on an excellent partnership of over 70 of the 5th wicket at a time when Melton were wobbling. It was a perfect example of how to knock the ball around for one’s and two’s in slightly difficult conditions.

Man of the match deservedly one to the Waddell but it was a decent all round performance for a first game of the season to win by 6 wickets. No doubt there are tougher tasks on the horizon beginning with Fakenham ‘A’ next week.

Richard Wood

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