Great Melton A (7 Points) lost to Aldborough (22) by six wickets at Gresham’s High School in Frankly Digital Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Five
Great Melton A:
J Whiddett c Buxton b Smith 55
M Bunn c Fell b Moakes 47
M Clarke c w/k b Smith 13
C Greenslade Run Out 42
G King Not Out 30
L Whiddett Not Out 5
Extras 12 (2w, 6nb, 4lb)
Total (4 Wickets, 46 Overs) 204
Perry-Warnes 12-2-32-0, Seaman 11-0-55-0, Smith 12-4-48-2, Moakes 11-1-65-1
S Cannon c Greenslade b Hayward 37
P Watson b Hayward 20
T Allan Not Out 96
A Youngman c G Bunn b L Whiddett 8
J Perry-Warnes c N Clarke b G Bunn 37
J Buxton Not Out 0
Extras 10 (6w, 3nb, 1lb)
Total (4 Wickets, 38 Overs) 208
R Hayward 10-1-32-2, N Gristwood 5-0-33-0, L Whiddett 8-0-43-1, N Clarke 6-1-36-0, G Bunn 6-0-53-1, C Greenslade 3-0-10-0
Great Melton A’s four match unbeaten start to the season was ended as table topping Aldborough chased down a modest total thanks to skipper Troy Allan’s unbeaten 96 in the top of the table clash in Norfolk Alliance Division Five.
It was a bad start for the travelling visitors as confusion over the location of the ground (there are two Gresham’s schools in Holt!) meant that half of the team arrived just minutes before the scheduled start. Worse still, Matt Clarke lost the toss and Melton were inserted into bat.
Despite the chaotic pre-match, openers Jason Whiddett and Martin Bunn provided a solid base, although they were never really able to break the shackles of the Aldborough pace attack, with Jamie Perry-Warnes (12-2-32-0) particularly impressive despite his regular histrionics.
Whiddett and Bunn took the score to a decent 71-0 at the drinks break. But from there they failed to press on towards the score of 240 that was par on a good wicket and fast outfield. Bunn (47) chipped one to mid-off with the score 83-1 in the 27th over. Matt Clarke (13) looked in good touch before nicking off before a struggling Whiddett was dismissed in the 38th over for a disappointly slow 55 given his previous excellent form.
At that point the score was on just 129-3 and Melton were well short of a competitive total. It was left to the youngest players in the side to drag their team to a competitive score. 14 year old Chris Greenslade (42) produced his best senior innings for the club in a swashbuckling knock which also featured some superb running between the wickets with 16 year old George King (30no). They put on 67 in just seven overs and captain Lee Whiddett (5no) managed to take the total to 204-4 in the last over to secure maximum batting points.
After a few overs of the home side’s reply a lengthy downpour delayed play for around 30 minutes. When they resumed Ryan Hayward (10-1-32-2) found an impressive line and length and when he had opener Cannon (37) well caught by Greenslade he got some fire in his belly and bowled with good pace, also cleaning up Cannon’s partner, P Watson (20) with a well-aimed yorker.
With the score 81-2 after 17 overs Melton were in the game. Aldborough skipper Troy Allan, however, looked in imperious touch. He smashed opposite number Lee Whiddett (8-1-43-1) for two enormous sixes although Whiddett was left to rue an under-edge from Allan’s bat that unfortunately evaded Matt Clarke’s gloves standing up. Melton squeezed number 4 batsman A Youngman (8) and created some good pressure during that period, but when he was dismissed Allan (96no) and Perry-Warnes (37) both put away the bad ball well. Neal Clarke (6-1-36-0) was luckless in a decent spell, as was George Bunn, who dismissed Perry-Warnes in the final over to grab another bonus point. It was left fittingly to Allan to hit the winning runs in the 38th over to seal victory for an impressive Aldborough side, who certainly look capable of promotion from this league.
Melton can take several positives from the performances of Greenslade, King and Hayward and now look forward to a crunch game at Rocklands before hosting Swardeston at Melton Park, where they still maintain a 100% record.