Grantham & Melton Cricket Association
Melton won by 30 runs
Melton Mowbray Cricket Club hosted Rothley Park at the All England Sports Ground on Saxby Road for this top and bottom match up of the 4th Division.
Melton went into this game on the back of their first win of the season in the previous week against Croxton Kerrial but knew another strong opposition stood in their way. Rothley won the toss and decided to bowl thinking that the pitch may be a tool for the bowlers, and they were right as both openers fell in the first 9 overs with only 25 on the board. Mark Mabbott batted 3rd and didn’t look in trouble but found it difficult to get the opening bowlers away. Mark did find some rhythm hitting 3 fours and a six but with variable bounce and pace from Caren his account ended at 23 runs. This brought Steve Booth and Darren Smith together who both battled hard for an hour and 15 minutes, carving out an 80 run partnership before Smith was caught in gully trying to improve the run rate. Malc Brown came in late for a quick 10 run flash which helped Melton along to a conservative looking total of 149 for 7.
Good bowling by Caren (10 -4 -29-4) was the pick of the bowlers.
Rothley’s opening batsmen started cautiously but never settled against the conditions and the opening bowlers. Gary Potter started from the hospital end and made life very difficult with some pacey deliveries whilst at the other end Darren Smith attempted to tease the batsmen with some awkward flight and tricky length. Rowell, Simon and Hollis all fell to the opening bowlers and the 4th wicket went to Mark Mabbott who generated pace and bounce from just a 4 step run up. Barlow and Arthur resisted for a short time but when they went to Mabbott and the returning Potter the score of 149 started to look quite good. A bowling change saw young Brad Young shift the trajectory of the attack coming round the wicket and bowling Caren to finish off the game and give Melton their second win in as many weeks and Rothley their first loss.
Captains man of the Match was Wicket Keeper Steve Booth for his plucky 34 with the bat and some bruising times behind the stumps.