Great Melton A (3points) lost to Hethersett & Tas Valley A (23) by 8 Wickets at Melton Park in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
Great Melton A:
M Bunn caught b Steward 15
L Whiddett c Mitchell b Steward 23
N Clarke b Youngs 5
J Moxon b Wyatt 1
D Godbold c Mitchell b Youngs 0
P Stearman c Brett b Ellis 72
P Movel b Youngs 0
S Woods b Steward 0
J Bickel lbw b Youngs 0
C Wright b Steward 4
A Thompson Not Out 0
Total (All Out, 40.5 Overs) 148
Steward 12-2-26-4, Ellis 4.5-2-15-1, Youngs 12-0-44-4, Wyatt 6-1-19-1, Baker 4-0-25-0, Austin 2-1-9-0
Hethersett & Tas Valley A:
R Mitchell Not Out 79
R Jones b Thompson 0
T Hunt b Movel 26
M Wyatt Not Out 15
Total (2 Wickets, 32.5 Overs) 151
A Thompson 5-0-35-1, C Wright 6-0-23-0, P Movel 12-2-36-1, J Bickel 4-0-17-0, D Godbold 5.5-0-29-0
Great Melton A’s annus horribilus continued as morning basement boys Hethersett & Tas Valley eased to their first win of the season.
The result followed hot on the heels of a dispiriting defeat at Sheringham, where the A’s had superbly bowled out their hosts for 114 thanks to Gary Coulson’s 5-10 in 12 overs, but from 52-1 slumped to 106 all out. Their batting was blown away in the breeze in a similar manner to Neal Clarke’s draft report…
Back at Melton Park and the A’s were inserted on a pitch damp from heavy rainfall on Friday. Martin Bunn and Lee Whiddett made a solid start against the probing bowling of Matt Steward, taking the score to 28-0 from 10 overs. Sadly Bunn was then nicked off and the platform came crashing down when Neal Clarke (5) was castled due to lack of footwork and then Jon Moxon followed his housemate back to the pavilion. With Daryl Godbold (0) looking like a cat on a hot tin roof before nicking off for a duck, it was a similar story with Melton 53-4 from 21 overs.
Skipper Lee Whiddett did at least dig in, producing the kind of display that Brigadier Block would have been proud of. His obduracy finally found the support required as Paul Stearman produced a superb innings, adding 60 for the 5th wicket in good time. It was a different game when Stearman was on strike as he blasted the ball to all parts in an innings containing four sixes and nine fours.
Sadly Whiddett (23) finally perished to the returning Steward and from there was another woeful capitulation as Paul Movel, Simon Woods, Joe Bickel and Chris Wright added only 4 runs between them. Stearman was the last man out for a fine 72 as Melton were 148 all out in just 40.5 overs. The fact that Whiddett had batted for 30 overs illustrated the lack of application from the rest of the order as Melton were bowled out with more than 5 overs to spare.
With a strong bowling attack, Melton were however of the belief that their total was defendable, and when Daryl Godbold finally joined his teammates on the field the visitors innings commenced. Sadly, it was reminiscent of Steve Harmison’s ill-fated ashes 2006 opening delivery as Adam Thompson threw 5 runs down the leg side in an uncharacteristically poor bowling display. With Tas Valley rollocking along to 40 from 6 overs, Whiddett was forced to turn to Paul Movel early, despite the Surrey twirler being somewhat tired from an amorous adventure that will remain strictly private to those in the scorebox who heard his tale!
Movel did provide the control required but he was as luckless as his teammates as Rob Mitchell produced an innings of remarkable fortune on his way to an unbeaten 79. Tristan Hunt dug in alongside him until eventually being coerced into an injudicious stroke by Movel, who picked up 1-36 from another impressive 12 overs.
Sadly that was all the success Melton could muster as the visitors eased to their target in just the 33rd over.