Melton gain first victory of the season
Great Melton beat Bunwell by 2 runs in a friendly at CNS
Great Melton continued their pre-season with a friendly against Bunwell at CNS on another warm sunny April day
George Bunn skippering on the day won the toss and elected to bat first with more of the Melton batsmen looking to get some early season time in the middle.
Matt Clarke Opening up the innings with Joe Greenslade this time and they got off to a solid start putting on 50 for the first wicket until Greenslade was ct & bowled by I. Nicholls for 10.
That brought Martyn Cook to the crease and after last week’s low score looked in a mood to make up for it with his first 3 scoring shots 4, 4 and 6.
The scoreboard started to move quickly now as Clarke ticking his score over at one end and Cook at his belligerent best moved the score to 112-1 in the 26th over before Clarke fell 2 short of his half century. Soon after, Cook retired having reached his 50.
With only 14 overs reaming the incoming batsmen tried to be aggressive but the excellent bowling from G. Barnes and N. Barber looked to have curtailed the Melton run rate as they looked as if they would fall well short of 200.
But Steve Phoenix rolled back the years alongside Joe Bickel running singles and hitting the odd boundary to put on 35 in the last 5 overs to leave Melton on a respectable total of 193-6 from their 40 overs.
Bunwell opened their innings with Melton Saturday player Tim Hales and got off to a solid start although the hosts only got to 25-0 by the 12th over with debutant Kieran Pask looking good with the new ball. Change bowler Bickel came onto to replace opener Waddell and got the breakthrough as he bowled A. Pattison for 1 but Hales then started to kick on and look very aggressive against the visitor’s slow bowlers.
Duncan Greenslade came onto replace skipper Bunn and, after a rusty first over, in his second over took the wicket of D. Key (6) and then Hales retired once he reached an excellent half century, which brought D. Hawke to the crease, who was looking in excellent form after his century in a game for the hosts the week before, set about chasing down the total set by Melton.
Dealing mainly in boundaries N. Aston joined Hawke at the crease (although there was some suggestion from his teammates there was more of a ‘forehand pass’ down the line rather than straight drive look about his shots) and they pulled Bunwell closer to victory until Hawke retired once reaching his half century.
With the overs running out Bunwell, having 3 wickets in hand, were looking close to getting across the line but with just 3 overs left and 21 runs still required George Bunn turned to slow bowlers N. Clarke and J. Bickel to bowl the final 3 overs. Clarkes first over was tidy going for 5 then in Bickel’s over he picked up the wicket of G. Robbie for 3 but went for 9 leaving the last over to Clarke with the hosts needing 8 to win.
The first ball was a single, the next three balls were dots, on the fourth still needing 7 to win N. Barber danced down the wicket but missed the ball and J. Greenslade calmly took the bails off to leave D. Hawke to return to the crease (in somewhat unusual clothing more adept to the IPL!!) for the last ball needing six to win, but only managed to hit a four through covers to leave them 3 short of the win.
Great Melton innings.
M. Clarke b. Barber 48, J. Greenslade ct & b. Nicholls 10, M.
Cook Ret. 50*, R. Waddell b. Barber 3, K. Pask st. Hales b. Barber 8, N. Clarke run out 7, D. Greenslade ct Nicholls b. Barber 6, S. Phoenix not out 23, J. Bickel not out 7. TOTAL 193-6 (extras 27) D. Hawke 6-2-25-0, N. Aston 5-0-18-0, I. Nicholls 7-1-48-1, G. Robbie 6-0-28-0, G. Barnes 8-0-29-0, N. Barber 8-0-38-4
T. Hales Ret. 53*, A. Pattison b. Bickel 1, D. Key ct. Bunn b. D. Greenslade 6, D. Hawke Ret. 60*, G. Barnes b. D. Greenslade 0, D. Connell ct. J. Greenslade b. Waddell 13, N. Aston ct. Bickel b. Pask 24, G. Robbie b. Bickel 3, N. Barber st. J. Greenslade b. N. Clarke 7, I. Nicholls 6*. TOTAL 191-7 (extras 14). R. Waddell 8-1-22-1, K. Pask 8-3-20-1, J. Bickel 8-2-26-2, G. Bunn 4-0-25-0, D. Greenslade 6-0-40-2, S. Phoenix 4-0-35-0, N. Clarke 2-0-10-1