GREAT MELTON A lost to NORWICH B by 5 wickets at Melton Park in the Norfolk Alliance Division 4
Melton’s second string suffered agony and heartbreak for a second time at home to Norwich B in a shortened game which was competitively fought to the end. A delayed start due to a heavy mid day down pour left the captains to agree to a 30 over match.
Lee Whiddett’s 55, full of panache with a handful of ‘Widgescoops’ including one to bring up his half century, provided the back bone of the host’s innings. He was ably supported by Sam Mann’s improvisation on his way to 33. Once the opener was dismissed though, wickets tumbled with alarming alacrity until Ryan Hayward added a very useful 17 as time ran out.
Jamie Bradford’s left arm spin caused plenty of trouble and brought him 2/22 whilst Rayo’s 1/18 off his 6 overs helped to keep things tight.
Having scored a below-par 139-7 the response required something extra special. Leo de Salis did his best, conceding just one boundary whilst picking up the scalp of young opener Freddie Kemp for 12. His miserly spell cost a mere 8 runs. Rob Sims’ spin was also proving hard to get away, and Norwich were well behind the rate off 7 overs. Jonathan Burton and Jamie Bradford decided to up the ante, and attack Kyle Mason on debut and Ryan Hayward. Both stood up to the challenge well, but the short boundary and large oak proved very tempting, especially for the left hander, and as the overs ticked by, the run rate hovered around the 6 an over mark.
Kyle got his reward for a controlled line, George Ducker taking a spectacular diving catch at cover. Simon Woods took two catches behind the stumps as Clarke mis-hit Hayward, and Lee Whiddett’s loopers induced Bradford into a rash swipe across the line.
Anthony Goodrum and Tim Crane took on the mantle of completing the chase as the run rate rose, leaving the visitors needing 19 off the last two overs. Marcus Mawby and Kyle Mason were entrusted with the ball. The target was reduced to 9 off the last. A boundary first ball made it 5 off 5; then a single to make 4 off 4, followed by a 2 to put the visitors in the box seat.
De Salis took a catch at gully to remove Goodrum with 2 balls left, and 2 required. Crane scampered a single to tie the scores, and then ran through to take the applause of his team mates as home heads dropped.