Whiddett Travailles, Yet Rain Prevails
Great Melton C.C. V. Norwich Cricket Club 2nd XI – 11th May 2013.
After the excitement of the previous week, Great Melton 1st XI new that they would have to increase their consistency and play to the best of their ability when taking on a very strong Norwich 2nd XI. After losing the toss, Melton were invited to bat on a greenish Postwick wicket and immediately the Melton batsmen were under pressure from accurate and hostile bowling from the openers Rashid and Booth, The latter, in his opening over, inducing Wood to hole out at extra cover for a rare and uncharacteristic duck. Cook joined Whiddett and together they tried to weather the onslaught, but Cook became Booth's second victim in the eighth over of the match leaving Melton on 20 for 2. In the next over, new batsman Bunn drove loosely at Rashid to compound the precarious nature of the innings, caught behind for 1. During this procession of wickets, Whiddett was his usual equable self and stolidly defended whilst not failing to capitalise on the uncommon loose delivery. With Clarke at the crease the pair set about repairing the innings and as confidence increased, did so with a burgeoning flourish, putting together a partnership of 85 before Whiddett was dismissed, caught off the bowling of Siyas with the score on 107, for a well crafted half century. The new batsman Pask and the not out batsman Clarke took the score to 124 before Clarke was caught and bowled off the returning Rashid for 43, punctuated by pugnacious pulls and drives. With Waddell now at the wicket the innings suffered a further setback with the loss of Pask for no addition to the score, though Waddell found an adroit foil in the new batsman Harris and proceeded to mete out severe punishment on any wayward bowling, hitting 36, including 2 big sixes before holing out on the bounderay seeking another maximum. Harris finished the innings not out 19 and Scott 0 not out, the final total being 186 for 7 including 28 extras. This was a total which, though not ultimately daunting, would take some overhauling, taking into account the closeness of the weather and the variable bounce in the wicket, which had played a part in a couple of dismissals.
When Melton took the field, the weather closed in more rapidly than expected and only 2 overs were able to be bowled before rain intervened. After a break of nearly an hour, the rain subsided and a commencement was proposed, however, almost on cue, the rain fell again and the match was left with only one possible conclusion, Melton taking the greater share of the points in the abandonment.
Great Melton 186 for 7
(Whiddett 50, Clarke 43, Waddell 36, Booth 3-40)