GREAT MELTON C (25 points) beat WINTERTON A (8 points) by 52 runs at Town Close in Norfolk League Division 4
A half century from Tony Alborough and 4-14 from skipper, Simon Carding, were the outstanding individual performances in a good all-round team effort as Melton C produced easily their best performance of the season to defeat third-in-the-league Winterton A.
Experienced Winterton captain Bryn Clarke invited Melton to bat on a damp wicket but Steve Clarke (15) and George Ducker (23) gave Melton a solid start with an opening partnership of 47 in 12 overs before Ducker skied to cover. Connor Stearman hit some good shots in a lively 15 but Clarke was struggling to time the ball on the slow pitch and eventually fell in the 20th over for 15 with the score 87-3. Alborough hung around, though, dealing mainly in boundaries and singles, finding willing partners in first James Robb (13) then Steve Phoenix. The Chairman hit 4 boundaries in a breezy 19 before mistiming a cover drive and being caught off the bowling of P.Drake. Alborough went on to hit 7 fours and 3 sixes in an excellent 66 as Melton targeted maximum batting points but Drake’s 8-0-55-4) and Smith (11-2-32-2) kept taking wickets. Frazer (1), Greenslade (7), Marchant (0) all departed in the run chase and Carding (2) was caught behind off the final ball leaving Melton one run short on 199.
Carding decided to attack and Winterton started their innings with men clustered around the bat. The tactic paid off as Carding himself snapped up the wickets of Lawes (2) and S.Drake (0) in his first 2 overs. Experienced pair Bryn Clarke and Geoff Roper then played sensibly to take the score to 47, Clarke surviving a strong appeal for caught behind, before Roper became Carding’s third victim, well-caught by Phoenix at short leg. James Robb removed Noble-Palmer (15), caught by Ducker, but Melton’s change bowlers struggled with their length and, as the pressure eased, Clarke and Crane began to look dangerous. The score progressed to 115 off 27 overs but the return of Luke Marchant proved decisive. First the young bowler had Clarke caught at deep mid-wicket by Alborough for 49 before bowling Crane for 19 in his next over. Ducker (8-2-37-1) bowled a good spell before Carding took the final wicket to give him his best figures so far for Melton with 10.5-3-14-4. Ten-man Winterton were bowled out for 147 giving Melton victory by 52 runs. 13-year-old Marchant showed great control in his two spells, returning impressive figures of 9-1-24-2.
GREAT MELTON C
S.Clarke c.Pendergast b.S.Drake 15, G.Ducker c.Clarke b.Hines 23, C.Stearman c.Noble-Parker b.Hines 15, A.Alborough c.Crane b.P.Drake 66, J.Robb st.Roper b.Clarke 13, S.Phoenix c.Noble-Parker b. P.Drake 19, K.Frazer c.Roper b.P.Drake 1, D.Greenslade b.P.Drake 7, S.Carding c.Roper b.Smith 2, L.Marchant c.Pendergast b.Smith 0, D.Hayward Not Out 2, Extras 36. TOTAL 199 (S.Smith 11-2-32-2, D.Crane 5-0-23-0, W.Ives 4-0-37-2, B.Clarke 12-3-30-1, S.Drake 5-0-18-1, P.Drake 8-0-55-4)
B.Clarke c.Alborough b.Marchant 49, K.Lawes c.Clarke b.Carding 2, S.Drake b.Carding 0, G.Roper c.Phoenix b.Carding 23, W.Noble-Parker c.Ducker b.Robb 15, D.Crane b.Marchant 19, W.Ives c.Clarke b.Ducker 1, J.Pendergast Run Out (Marchant) 5, S.Smith c.Clarke b.Carding 24, P.Drake Not Out 0, Extras 9. TOTAL 147 (L.Marchant 9-1-24-2, S.Carding 10.5-3-14-4, J.Robb 5-1-26-1, D.Hayward 2-0-25-0, G.Ducker 8-2-37-1, D.Greenslade 2-0-16-0)