Great Melton A (22 Points) beat Swardeston/CEYMS (1) by 10 wickets at Melton Park in Frankly Digital Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Five
J Olpin c Clarke b Hayward 17
P Reynolds c Clarke b Bettridge 7
R Ebbage lbw b Gristwood 30
T Snelling c & b Bettridge 4
M Austin c Bunn b Sims 40
D Parry Run Out (Gristwood) 4
C Kennard c & b Sims 0
A Levinson lbw b Sims 0
R Olpin c Clarke b L Whiddett 2
N Taylor st Clarke b L Whiddett 8
O Kennard Not Out 0
Total (All Out, 39.2 Overs) 119
I Bettridge 12-3-29-2, R Hayward 7-0-35-1, N Gristwood 6-1-13-1, R Sims 8-2-14-3, M Farmer 5-0-14-0, L Whiddett 1.2-0-5-2
Great Melton A:
J Whiddett Not Out 33
M Bunn Not Out 82
Total (No Wicket, 23.1 Overs) 125
O Kennard 6-1-19-0, R Olpin 8-0-40-0, T Snelling 2-0-16-0, A Levinson 4-1-19-0, C Kennard 2-0-16-0, N Taylor 1-0-8-0, D Parry 0.1-0-6-0
Great Melton A surged into second place in Norfolk Alliance Division Five after ruthlessly demolishing Swardeston/CEYMS by 10 wickets at Melton Park, their third consecutive home win. The result, coupled with Rocklands’ surprise win at morning leaders Aldborough means that Melton are now just 4 points off the top.
Lee Whiddett won a useful toss and decided to bowl first and in-form Ian Bettridge made that decision pay dividends when he had opener Reynolds caught behind in the fifth over. Jon Olpin looked to be going well but was dismissed by Ryan Hayward (1-35) thanks to a fine diving catch by wicket keeper Matt Clarke. A third wicket then went in the 15th over to leave Swardeston struggling at 61-3 as Bettridge had Snelling caught and bowled. Bettridge went on to record excellent figures of 12-3-29-2 and has proved a real asset this season in the games he has played.
Change bowler Nick Gristwood (1-13) then produced his best spell this season with the ball as he bowled with good accuracy and pace, and he grabbed the key wicket of Ebbage (30) trapped in front. Rob Sims came on for Bettridge and the accurate spinner proved as difficult to get away as ever. He quickly removed Austin (40) thanks to a fine boundary catch from Martin Bunn as well as Kennard and Levinson for ducks leaving Swardeston in disarray at 97-7 after 31 overs. There was also an encouraging bowling display from young A team debutant Michael Farmer (5-0-14-0) who was also excellent in the field.
D Parry was sold down the river by his partner giving Nick Gristwood a chance to run him out which he duly did with a direct hit. Skipper Whiddett (2-5) then came on to remove R Olpin caught behind and then had opposite number Neil Taylor (8) stumped by Clarke, who completed four dismissals in the innings to cap an encouraging keeping display. Swardeston were all out for 119 in the 39th over.
The home side then went about their run chase in indomitable style. With Jason Whiddett playing the anchor role, Martin Bunn was given license to thrill and he produced by far his best batting display of the season, bludgeoning 17 fours and a six on his way to 82 not out. After a word from the captain at tea, the two batsmen also cunningly manufactured their way to level the scores at 119 before Whiddett blocked out the last three balls of the over, allowing Bunn to smash the first ball from D Parry into the Dovecot End field for six to secure Melton an extra point by making 125-0.