DAVID MELLOR was responsible for one of the most amazing turnarounds that will probably be witnessed during the entire cricket season!
For the No11 batsman arrived in the middle with his Lepton Highlanders side on the brink of defeat at 88-9, in response to Clayton West’s 221-6.
The pace bowler, who made a name for himself five years ago when gaining a rare all-lbw hat trick while at Kirkheaton, set about the Clayton bowlers, who not surprisingly must have thought the game was in the bag.
And in partnership with No5 batter Matt Halliwell, who gave good support remaining unbeaten on 60, Mellor plundered an incredible 84 not out to deliver Lepton the most unlikely of one-wicket wins.
Mellor’s dad Jeff said: “David may not be a true No11, but he certainly has no pretensions as a batsman.
“However, on occasions he can put bat to ball, and when he does connect, it usually stays hit.”
It was a victory which pushed Lepton into second place in the Cedar Court Conference Two – and will probably signal Mellor’s move up the batting order!
The biggest single knock of the day came at Hall Bower, where Danny Moss took a shine to Rastrick’s bowlers, blasting an unbeaten 133. And with support from his skipper and opener Sean Hellawell (51) and Jack Hoyland (67 not out) the Bower closed on 289-4.
Curiously, Rastrick never threatened the total, but finished with only one wicket down, having settled for 180, Colin Jowett making 89 not out and Andrew Pearson 65 not out.
Martin Hallas followed up his good start for new club Armitage Bridge, top-scoring again with 42, backed up by Jonathan Speight on debut (41) and Mike Webb (36no), before Corey Bullock (three for 27) and Under 15 Joel Harrison, who bowled well under pressure at the death to claim two for 25, combined to sink Delph & Dobcross.