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Wood and Bunn star for Melton

PUBLISHED: 10:30 28 May 2009 | UPDATED: 15:02 14 July 2010

In Alliance Division Four Great Melton (14 pts) gained a winning draw against Old Buckenham A (11).

Melton welcomed Aussie Justin Stephenson back into the fold for a second tour of duty in Norfolk, but Richard Wood and Martin Bunn were once again the batting heroes as Melton compiled another large first innings total at Old Buckenham.

In Alliance Division Four Great Melton (14 pts) gained a winning draw against Old Buckenham A (11).

Melton welcomed Aussie Justin Stephenson back into the fold for a second tour of duty in Norfolk, but Richard Wood and Martin Bunn were once again the batting heroes as Melton compiled another large first innings total at Old Buckenham.

The dependable Wood carried his bat for a well-compiled 90 and together with Alex Cooper built a solid opening stand of 76 until Cooper was bowled by the useful Lincoln for 29.

Martin Bunn came to the crease and promptly pulled a calf muscle attempting a quick single, bringing Cooper back to the middle to act as a runner for the veteran batsman.

The injury appeared not to hinder the big-hitting number three as he continued on from his midweek century, flaying the home team's bowling to all parts on one leg.

When he finally departed, bowled by Melton old boy Duncan Osborne for 65, Jon Howard and Marcus Godbold kept up the momentum, taking the score to 242-4 at the close.

In reply, Old Buckenham lost opener Tom Banham early, caught by cover specialist Marcus Godbold off the bowling of Ian Bettridge for nine. Lund and Alexander built a good partnership, taking few risks while waiting to despatch the bad ball to the boundary until Lund was bowled for 40, missing a well-flighted ball from leg-spinner Alex Cooper.

Skipper Ross Bailey joined Alexander and between them they kept their side well in the hunt, adding 91 for the third wicket. Nathan Devlin then turned the match Melton's way, removing both in quick succession in a lively spell of seam bowling, eventually taking 3-53 from nine overs.

With time running out for the home team, the draw seemed inevitable and it was then a case of whether they could get up to the 90 percent score of 218 to gain themselves a few extra points.

With the experienced Mark Dunnett at the crease it always appeared likely that they would and he duly obliged, sending the fourth ball of the final over to the boundary to get his side over that important threshold, Old Bucks ending up on 223-6 at stumps.


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