Visitors take honours in first tour match of the season
Great Melton vs. Thurleigh CC
Great Melton hosted Thurleigh Cricket Club for the first tour match of the season on Sunday. Melton elected to bat first and started well through Tom Wilson (54) and George King (19) with the pair putting on 56 for the first wicket.
Both were looking comfortable until the latter ran himself out which brought skipper Marcus Godbold (22) to the crease. Godbold who's early season form of two innings returning two half centuries looked to continue as he got of the mark with a cover drive for four. Wilson was next to out playing down the wrong line to a straight one with the score on 82.
Matt Clarke (30) was next in and his aggressive play looked as though the hosts would be posting a very good score, striking 7 fours in his score of 30. Unfortunately wickets kept falling at the wrong time, just as it looked as if the Melton batsmen were getting away from their visitors someone would get out. No one after Wilson's half century went on from their good start. There were good innings late in the innings from Josh Wilson (19) and Simon Wooldridge (20n.o).
Melton only able to post a score of 199-6 after some good bowling at the death from C. Franklin (7-0-27-0) and R. Stean (10-1-48-2)
Thurleigh's innings did not start well as a wicket fell in the first over, Josh Wilson (7-1-26-2) bowling A. Bailey fourth ball for 0. Although Melton took wickets at good times the the visitors never really looked in any danger of not reaching their target of 200. There were good bowling performances from Neal Clarke (7-0-41-1) whose figures were a little more expensive than if the fielding had been up to its normal standard and young Daniel ‘Dobie' Hayward who bowled well against some very good Thurleigh batsmen particularly late on in the innings.
All in all it was a good spirited well played game which had Melton batted better towards the end of their innings and fielded a little better to the standards they normally set the game may have been a little closer.
G. King run out 19
T.Wilson b. Stean 54
M. Godbold ct & b Wood 22
M. Clarke ct. Armstrong b. Mill 30
E. Fawad b. Mill 11
J. Wilson b. Stean 19
S. Wooldridge not out 20
N. Clarke not out 8
Extras 16. TOTAL 199-6 in 44 overs
C. Franklin 7-0-27-0, P. Bailey 5-2-12-0, N. Knowles 5-0-37-0, R. Stean 10-1-48-2, C. Wood 10-1-41-2, A. Mill 7-1-26-1.
C. wood retired 36
A. Bailey b. J. Wilson 0
J. Hunt ct. M. Godbold b. J. Wilson 23
L. Slocombe b. N. Clarke 30
A. Milne retired 35
R. Milne not out 35
J. Arch l.b.w D. Hayward 1
G. Armstrong b. M. Clarke 9
N. Knowles ct. G. King b. J. Bichel 2
R. Stean not out 3
Extras 26. TOTAL 200-6 in 35.3 overs
J. Wilson 7-1-26-2, D. Hayward 6-0-34-1, M. Godbold 2-0-7-0, N. Clarke 7-0-41-1, K. Fawad 4-2-16-0, J. Bichel 4.3-0-30-1, T. Wilson 2-0-15-0, M. Clarke 3-0-15-1