Great Melton A (24 Points) beat Garboldisham A (5) by 5 Wickets at Melton Park in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
Freake lbw b De Salis 18
Taylor b Stearman 1
Melvin c Farmer b De Salis 12
Whistler b Farmer 1
Taylor Run Out (Greenslade) 10
Dunkinson lbw b De Salis 8
Seaman b Godbold 52
Wright b Rennie 1
Feaveryear b Godbold 39
Common st Woods b Godbold 2
Emms Not Out 1
Total (All Out, 46 Overs) 171
P Stearman 6-2-18-1, L De Salis 12-2-28-3, M Farmer 10-3-38-1, D Godbold 11-2-42-3, A Rennie 7-0-34-1
Great Melton A:
M Bunn b Emms 61
L Whiddett ct b Emms 1
M Clarke ct b Emms 5
S Mann ct b Common 36
P Stearman Not Out 36
J Greenslade b Emms 0
D Godbold Not Out 8
Total (5 Wickets, 34.4 Overs) 175
Taylor 4-0-15-0, Emms 12-1-43-4, Wright 9.4-1-48-0, Feaveryear 2-0-17-0, Freake 3-0-19-0, Common 4-0-25-1
Martin Bunn made it an early season not to be forgotten, both personally and for his side, as Great Melton A ended the month of May unbeaten and in second place in Alliance Division Four, whilst Bunn’s third half-century in four matches saw the veteran batsman notch up almost 200 runs already in the 2014 campaign.
His innings came after Lee Whiddett won an important toss and inserted the visitors on a wicket that looked good but must have been damp underneath from considerable midweek rainfall. Full advantage was taken by his bowlers as Paul Stearman made the early breakthrough, bowling Taylor in the 3rd over for 1. Garboldisham skipper Freake and Melvin did add 33 runs together until Melvin pulled a ball from Leo De Salis straight to Michael Farmer at mid-wicket, leaving the visitors 43-2 from 14 overs. De Salis continued his fine early season form as, whilst a number of leg-side deliveries went unpunished, he always troubled the batsmen with his floaty swing bowling. When Freake was trapped for 18 by De Salis and Whistler bowled by the impressive Michael Farmer, the Garboldisham innings looked in trouble at 48-4 from 19 overs.
De Salis went on to record 12-2-28-3. Farmer (10-3-38-1) had statistics that were less favourable but in all honesty he looked the best bowler on show, causing all sorts of problems, and with the visitors further reduced to 86-7 thanks to an excellent A team debut bowling display by Alex Rennie, replacing Farmer, an early tea looked on the cards.
The fightback finally came from Seaman and Feaveryear. They played maturely and sensibly and, with plenty of overs still to bat, were able to play themselves in. Daryl Godbold, replacing De Salis, bowled a respectable line and length but lacked fortune as the batsmen began to chance their arm and go over in the infield. They were able to put on 77 runs together to take a precarious 86-7 off 29 overs to 163-7 in the 44th over, when Godbold finally found some luck to remove Seaman for an enterprising 52. Godbold then mopped up the tail, taking the final wicket from the last ball of the innings thanks to smart glove work from Simon Woods, the visitors all out for 171, which although more than Melton might have hoped, still looked at least 30 runs below par.
The Melton reply did not get off to the best of starts however, as Lee Whiddett sliced a ball straight to gully in the 6th over, and then in the 12th over Matt Clarke was superbly caught at square leg with the score on 37. At the other end, however, it looked a different game as the stalwart opener Martin Bunn unfurled his usual array of powerful drives. He found the support he needed in Sam Mann, who looked to be timing the ball beautifully. The little and large partnership took the score from 45-2 in the 13th over, to 110-2 in the 24th over, and in that 40 minute period the game was won. Both players timed the ball with exquisite aplomb before both departed in quick succession, Mann first for a fine 36 and then Bunn for 61 with the score 128-4. That soon became 128-5 as Joey Greenslade got his bat caught behind his pad and was bowled by Garboldisham’s most effective bowler, Emms.
At that stage 44 runs were still needed, and although time was not an issue there was the potential for nerves in the Melton camp. But winning sides usually have the habit of finding a way to get over the line, and on this occasion the experienced duo of Paul Stearman and Daryl Godbold lead the way. Running very well between the wickets and with Stearman despatching the bad ball mercilessly, the remaining runs were knocked off with some ease, so much so that the batsmen were able to cunningly level the scores to allow Stearman to win the game with a boundary that ended the hosts innings on 175-5, garnering an extra bonus point and leaving them only 10 points behind leaders Brooke A with a game in hand.