Great Melton A (23 Points) beat Stow A (5) by 8 Wickets at Melton Park in
Frankly Digital Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Five.
M Blowers st Clarke b G Bunn 25
T Dyer lbw b L Whiddett 56
J Butt c Greenslade b Stearman 14
K Skinner c G Bunn b L Whiddett 23
H Nasar b Rai 2
I Skinner lbw b Rai 10
S Cooke b Rai 8
C Manning b L Whiddett 0
T Bishop Not Out 2
T Webb lbw b Rai 0
C Graves Not Out 1
Extras 44 (20w, 9nb, 9b, 6lb)
Total (9 Wickets, 46 Overs) 185
R Hayward 7-2-23-0, D Rai 11-2-27-4, J McCurley 2-0-24-0, G Bunn 10-0-33-1, P Stearman 10-0-42-1,L Whiddett 6-0-27-3
Great Melton A:
J Whiddett b I Skinner 78
D Allum Not Out 74
M Clarke c & b K Skinner 17
M Bunn Not Out 8
(3w, 3nb, 6lb)
Total (2 Wickets, 41.3 Overs) 189
K Skinner 9-2-23-1, T Webb 6-0-31-0, C Manning 8-3-37-0, M Nasar 6-0-16-0, S Cook 6-0-44-0, C Graves 2-0-9-0, I Skinner 4.3-0-23-1
Great Melton’s second team got off to a perfect start in the 2011 season as they romped to a comfortable 8 wicket win
over Stow A at a sunny Melton Park.
New Captain Lee Whiddett won the toss and had no hesitation in inserting the visitors. However, the decision looked
questionable as Stow openers Blowers (25) and Dyer (56) put on 81 for the first wicket in 20 overs, despite good early spells from young pace due Ryan Hayward (7-0-23-0) and 15 year old Darshan Rai, making his A team debut.
It was change bowlers Paul Stearman (1-42) and leg-spinner George Bunn (1-33) who began to turn the game in the home side’s favour. Bunn had opener Blowers stumped after beating the edge and the duo applied the brakes as Stearman had the dangerous Butt (14) well caught by the impressive 14 year old debutant Chris Greenslade, who belied his age with an accomplished fielding
display. Skipper Whiddett (3-27) and the returning Rai (4-27) then ripped through the middle order as Stow wilted from their solid start to post a chasable 185-9.
Great Melton’s run chase was conducted in dominant fashion as openers Jason Whiddett and David Allum, both looking in good early
season nick, punished anything full with a series of excellent drives. Allum (74no) survived a couple of catch opportunities but punished anything loose whilst Whiddett (78) kicked on from a circumspect start, hitting 14 boundaries before being bowled with the score on 141 in the 34th over. Matt Clarke (17) struck a few lusty blows before departing but Allum continued on with Martin
Bunn, returning from a serious knee injury, to see Melton home with 27 balls to spare.
Tougher tests will come but this was an impressive start and gives Melton hope for a season challenging for honours, particularly if they maintain their excellent standards in the field.