Father and Son Partnerships help gain the Draw for Melton

Grantham and Melton Cricket Association
Melton Town Vs Foston
Sunday 16th July 2012 
All England Sports Ground
The summer rain had stopped for just long enough for the All England Sports Ground host Foston in this Division 3 match.
Foston won the toss and promptly put Melton in on the early damp wicket. Melton openers were father and son partnership of Rob and Gary Potter who went about carving out an opening partnership. Gary drove and placed the ball well in the opening overs and by the 6th over were on 35 for 0. The pair settled into their grove and pushed past 50 runs in the 11th over, neither looking in any trouble. Gary started to push up the runs until the 19th over when Rob Potter was caught off the bowling of Marris for an opening stand of 80.
After drinks it didn’t take long for Gary to reach his 50 (from 61 balls) but the wickets started to fall at the other end. Two consecutive sixes from Matt Whitfield helped the score along but only 26 runs came from the middle order whilst Potter continued to show patience at the other end passing 80 and 90 at a good pace.
Potter looked set for his 100 but came unstuck one ball from Gash, leaving the man of the match on 97. Some late runs from Pete Hood including two sixes and Melton finished on 179 for 9 from their 40 overs.
Foston started their account against some tight bowling from Darren Smith and Mick Whitfield and it soon paid off as M.Swatton headed back to the pavilion for just 5. A.Nicholson went soon after but patient batting from C.Adcock (48), D.Blanchard (24) and R.Carpenter (56) created long partnerships that held off the Melton Bowlers until late in the game.
Father and son partnership of Matt and Mick Whitfield bowled the whole innings from the Hospital end of the ground taking five of the Foston Wickets between them and late wickets from Steve Booth slowed the run rate as Foston were fast approaching the finishing line.
With just 2 runs needed for Foston to win Mick Whitfield bowled a good length delivery which the Swinging Foston player couldn’t touch. The last ball of the game saw the Foston Batsmen scurrying on a touch and run delivery to draw the game.


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