Melton start well despite the elements
Great Melton 1st XI vs Bungay 1st XI Saturday 4th May 2019
Saturday saw the start to the league season for the first eleven with the visit of Bungay to Melton Park. The home skipper won the toss and had no hesitation in bowling first on day forecast to be disrupted by showers.
The game started on time with Grant (1-15) and Mohammed opening the bowling, both starting strongly bowling good areas and building pressure, resulting in Grant removing Ling caught at cover from a loose drive for 0 in the 3rd over.
Lewis and the reliable Lo saw off the opening bowlers with the score 28-1 after the first 10 however first change bowlers Waddell and Mackenzie both struck, Waddell removing Lewis for 14 well caught at gully by Clarke before Mackenzie (2-18) removed Lo via a lose shot caught by Mohammed at cover. Mackenzie also had Masters caught behind by Sam Mann and Waddell removed Cudden caught behind to reduce the visitors to 49-5 before opposition skipper Chris Fuller and Wicketkeeper Matthews steadied the ship between showers. There was a long interruption due to heavy shower’s and hail with the score 72-5 with early tea being taken.
Following a lengthy delay, play resumed at 5.45ish with the home team requiring quick wickets to have any chance of forcing a result and Aslam Mohammed was on fire to remove Fuller (28) caught at point by Stearman, Mattocks Bowled for a duck and Thomson-Friend removed first ball to finish his spell with 3-21. Waddell (4-16) then finished off with the wickets of Flood (caught Wood for 0 at slip) and Pawsey bowled for a duck to close the innings with the opposition mustering 101 in 35.4 overs, taking some 5 hours, thanks to 4 rain delays. Williams was left stranded not out on 23.
The Home teams reply would have to be swift with fading light and further showers a concern, likely limiting Melton to 20 overs or so, so the captain elected to open the batting alongside Kannan with the aim of getting the side off to a good start. The plan paid off with Waddell flaying a quick 41 inclusive of Filntoff…..before being caught on the long off boundary from the bowling of Pawsey. Kannan played some classy strokes alongside the captain making 23 (bowled Pawsey) in an opening stand of 64. Rain returned with the home side on 82-2 after 15 overs. A further 20 minute delay saw the homeside return to the field at 7.45 requiring 20 runs which Clarke (12 not out) and Mohammed (19, bowled trying to win the game in style) saw the side home with Wood (0 not out) joining Clarke at the end of the innings, at 8pm with 18 overs ticking over.
Having a game totalling 53.4 overs Across 2 innings, disrupted by no less than 5 rain breaks(including a sightscreen rescue break) is very frustrating however everyone stuck to their tasks well and the team performed very admirably in tough conditions with the game being played in good spirit by both sides.