Great Melton A (25 Points) beat Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers A (7) by 46 runs at Melton Park in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
Great Melton A moved clear into third place in Division Four; their highest position of the season, as they completed a maximum points victory over relegation threatened Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers A at Melton Park.
Lee Whiddett won the toss and chose to bat first with Melton needing maximum points to retain any faint hopes of promotion. Whiddett and Martin Bunn opened the batting and after a tight start from the opening bowlers, both began to unfurl some powerful strokes, with Whiddett cutting and driving well and Bunn hitting imperiously over the top.
Runs began to flow swiftly and they took the score to 85 in the 17th Over when Bunn (46) was well caught in the gully off visiting skipper Jon Bunting. Whiddett (28) was out soon after to a ball that nipped back to take out the stumps but at 87-2 off 19 overs Melton had made decent progress. Matt Clarke and George Bunn came together and although they both carried injuries, they added 38 runs before Clarke (12) was adjudged run out.
Tony Alborough joined Bunn and together they added 62 runs in good time. Bunn timed the ball beautifully as he pulled and drove his way to a fine 58, including 10 fours. Alborough (16) hit a couple of lusty blows and with the score 187-3 in the 37th over a score of 250 looked on. But Alborough’s dismissal sparked a collapse as George Ducker (0) was harshly out lbw first ball and then Bunn pulled a ball straight up in the air. Michael Farmer and Daniel Hayward both went for ducks and suddenly Melton were 195-8 in the 39th Over.
Simon Woods and Leo De Salis steadied the ship and their solid stand of 25 saw Melton take maximum batting points, closing on 220-8, exactly the same runs total as when they visited Barton Turf 9 weeks ago.
Ashmanhaugh made a solid start in response as Adam Thompson was luckless in a fine spell of swing bowling. Michael Farmer also produced some excellent deliveries but the score went to 33-0 in 13 Overs. The breakthrough came in Daniel Hayward’s first over and he went on to remove both openers, the score 61-2 from 20 Overs.
Leo De Salis, on A team debut, replaced Thompson and he also struck early as he cleaned up Hammond (15) and then Gant (0). Lee Whiddett replaced Hayward and he trapped Brown (18) and then Taylor (16) and when Farmer returned to remove Deo to a fine slip catch from Bunn, Ashmanhaugh had slumped to 105-7 from 32 overs.
At that stage victory looked inevitable but Melton were then frustrated by Bunting and Marsh. They rode their luck and Marsh survived a huge caught behind shout off Farmer but they added 63 runs to leave the score 167-7 in 39 Overs. Suddenly, all 3 results looked possible. Marsh was finally dismissed as he thrashed across the line to Whiddett, and then Bunting struck a steepler that George Ducker clung onto at cow corner. Moments late, Whiddett completed a fifer by bowling Sheldrake as Melton completed victory with 4 overs remaining.
Great Melton A:
M Bunn c Gant b Bunting 46
L Whiddett b Bunting 28
M Clarke Run Out 12
G Bunn c Rant b Bunting 58
A Alborough lbw b Marsh 16
G Ducker lbw b Marsh 0
S Woods Not Out 6
M Farmer c Gant b Marsh 0
D Hayward b Marsh 0
L De Salis Not Out 12
Total (8 Wickets, 46 Overs) 220
J Marsh 12-1-43-4, J Sheldrake 10-1-46-0, Mortham 7-0-50-0, J Bunting 12-4-35-3, Deo 5-0-34-0
Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers A:
K Brown b Hayward 24
D Rant c G Bunn b Hayward 18
J Hammond b De Salis 15
J Brown lbw b Whiddett 18
R Gant b De Salis 0
L Taylor lbw b Whiddett 16
Deo c G Bunn b Farmer 6
J Bunting c Ducker b Whiddett 15
J Marsh b Whiddett 39
J Sheldrake b Whiddett 4
Mortham Not Out 0
Total (All Out, 42 Overs) 174
A Thompson 11-5-22-0, M Farmer 10-1-46-1, D Hayward 6-0-37-2, L De Salis 6-0-22-2, L Whiddett 9-3-30-5