Great Melton A (4 Points) secured a losing draw with Thetford (18) at Melton Park in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four

 

Thetford:

R Smead b Coulson 12

A Kerling c Woods b Hayward 3

N Lockwood c Godbold b N Clarke 56

L Conroy b Coulson 6

R Conroy Not Out 75

A Dennis b Sims 4

J Peters lbw b Sims 0

S Bowden Not Out 31

Extras (3w, 2b, 1lb) 6

Total (6 Wickets, 35 Overs) 184

G Coulson 9-0-29-2, R Hayward 6-0-32-1, M Clarke 7-0-38-1, R Sims 9-0-55-2, L Whiddett 4-0-26-0

 

Great Melton A:

L Whiddett b Smead 0

G Bunn b Smead 10

M Clarke b Greyson 3

P Stearman b Smead 11

D Godbold Run Out 1

A Alborough c L Conroy b Walsh 10

S Woods b L Conroy 17

N Clarke lbw b L Conroy 7

R Hayward Not Out 2

R Sims Not Out 0

Extras (10w, 1nb, 1lb) 12

Total (8 Wickets, 35 Overs) 73

R Smead 9-3-15-3, L Greyson 6-0-32-1, C Baulch 9-3-14-1, N Lockwood 4-2-2-0, L Conroy 7-2-9-2

 

After a dismal start to the season caused by the inclement weather, Great Melton A’s 3rd fixture of the season finally produced some cricket as the sterling efforts of ground staff Mike Phoenix and Grenville Ireland allowed a 3pm start and a 35 overs per side game against Thetford for the newly promoted Melton second string.

 

Lee Whiddett won the toss and unsurprisingly inserted the visitors and it was the evergreen Gary Coulson who exploited the slightly damp conditions to produce a fine spell on 9-0-29-2. After Ryan Hayward had opener Kerling well caught behind by Simon Woods, Coulson bowled Smead (12) and the home side were looking in good shape having reduced Thetford to 53-3 in 13 overs. But from there Thetford showed some quality depth in their batting and all of the Melton bowlers except Coulson bowled a few too many bad balls which were punished, particularly by N Lockwood (56) and R Conroy (75no). Lockwood was brilliantly caught on the fence by Daryl Godbold off Neal Clarke but S Bowden (31no) helped to maintain the momentum and Thetford closed on 184-6, which looked a decent total.

 

It proved far beyond Melton’s capabilities as the top 5 produced a rusty looking batting display. Lee Whiddett (0) was bowled in the first over and Matt Clarke (3) followed in similar fashion. George Bunn (10) was bowled around his legs and Paul Stearman (11) completed a top four quartet who were all unable to protect their stumps. When Daryl Godbold (1) was run out first ball attempting a suicidal second run, Melton were in desperate trouble at 35-5 from 11 overs. Tony Alborough (10) and Simon Woods (17) dropped anchor in the hope of securing the draw and gain some batting points. They batted together for 15 overs, adding 23 runs, before both were dismissed in quick succession. Neal Clarke (7) and Ryan Hayward (2) then saw Melton close to the 35 over mark before Clarke was trapped in front but although Rob Sims and Hayward saw out the remaining balls for the losing draw, the lack of batting points meant a paltry haul of just 4 points from what was a rusty looking display which shows that Melton A have work to do to be competitive at this higher level.

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