No Result: Great Melton A 189-9 (9 Points) v Brooke A 51-1 (9) in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
Great Melton A remain unbeaten after their table topping clash with league leaders Brooke was washed out with the game delicately poised.
With both Lee Whiddett and George Bunn ill on the morning of the game, the A’s were thankful for a B team match being washed out during the morning as Tim Hales and Leo De Salis were able to take the places of the undynamic duo. The game began at 2.30pm with 40 overs per side and stand-in skipper Simon Woods was unfortunate to lose the toss and see his side inserted into bat in difficult conditions.
He need not have worried however, as Martin Bunn continued his fine early season form and, along with the solid Hales, they added 54 for the first wicket until Hales was castled in the 16th over. Matt Clarke received the home umpire’s trigger soon after, though the home side felt that just reward after a huge caught behind appeal off Bunn was turned down, and the score became 89-3 after 22 overs after Bunn’s enterprising innings of 62 came to an end when he was stumped off wily left armer Bennett.
That allowed Paul Stearman to join Jon Ellse at the crease and the South African put a difficult start behind him. Once well set, Ellse began to unfurl his powerful strokes, demolishing Beaumont’s figures with 3 sixes off consecutive balls into the adjacent Bungay Road. Stearman grabbed two sixes of his own as the pair added 37 very quickly and Ellse added 30 more with Joey Greenslade. At 154-4 from 31 overs, Melton looked well placed for over 200.
The dismissal of Ellse, however, for a fine 53, precipitated a slight collapse and, although Daryl Godbold (12no) marshalled the tail well, the innings closed on 189-9, which still looked a decent score given the conditions.
Unfortunately, little further cricket was to take place. Leo De Salis did have Sturman (8) well caught by Tim Hales at mid-on, and Brooke batsmen Block and Collinge looked in decent touch as the score progressed to 51-1 in the 12th over. But then the heavens opened, leaving both sides to settle for 9 points. Brooke remain top of Division Four, with Melton in third place, with a game in hand.