GREAT MELTON A (7 points) lost to DENVER (23 pts) by 3 wickets at Denver in Division 5 of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance on Saturday 19th.
For the second week in succession Great Melton A lost a match they really could’ve won, although in very different circumstances. Whereas last week’s home defeat to Cromer A was very much of their own making, in this week’s loss at Denver the team played well, held almost all their catches but were narrowly beaten by a slightly better side on the day.
Invited to bat first, Melton struggled initially against the new ball. The home team’s opening bowlers bowled with pace & aggression to exploit some new-ball bounce, making like difficult for the Whiddett brothers. They both fell relatively cheaply, but Loines continued his good early-season form with a well made 44. Both Sam Mann (40) and Nick Aston (18) looked in great touch before getting out & if either of them had been able to continue for much longer the outcome could’ve been different.
Once those 3 had fallen the Melton innings looked in danger of petering out, but some lower order momentum was injected by Josh Wright (13) & Tom Moye (26), to push the score up to a competitive looking 189-9 from 45 overs.
The second innings began much like the first, with the bowlers very much on top. Kyle Mason (9-3-23-1) and Josh Wright (9-1-36-3) found bounce & swing with the new ball, nipping out 3 early wickets to leave the hosts in trouble. Much like the first innings however, batting became easier through the middle overs & Denver played like a team who are used to winning, as they never really showed any signs of doubt in their ability to chase the runs down. Wardle (48) and Cornwell (42) put together the match winning partnership & despite their best efforts, Melton weren’t able to get them out early enough to apply the necessary pressure to force the win.
Melton A gave their all but it wasn’t quite enough and as they left West Norfolk in the glow of the late-evening sunshine, it was very much a case of take me home, country roads…