Great Melton A (7 Points) lost to Stow A (25) by 4 wickets at Melton Park in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
Great Melton A:
L Whiddett caught b Griffin 42
M Farmer c & b Cooke 26
G Ducker b Cooke 35
P Stearman Run Out 26
T Wyatt Run Out 7
K Liyanapathirana b Moulton 6
J Moxon c Bowman b Manning 1
N Clarke lbw b Manning 0
J Bickel lbw b Manning 12
T Smith c Bowman b Moulton 8
A Thompson Not Out 0
Total (All Out, 45.2 Overs) 199
S Moulton 11-1-42-2, C Manning 11.2-0-33-3, S Cooke 12-1-48-2, P Griffin 12-0-57-1
T Marshall c Clarke b Thompson 3
W Bowman b Smith 17
S Moulton c Moxon b Bickel 28
J Sargeant c Liyanapathirana b Bickel 40
M Blowers b Bickel 14
G Fossey Not Out 31
D Corielle lbw b Stearman 10
T Dyer Not Out 16
Total (6 Wickets, 45.2 Overs) 202
T Smith 7-1-32-1, A Thompson 12-1-34-1, J Bickel 12-0-49-3, M Farmer 10.2-1-53-0, P Stearman 4-0-19-1
A failure to capitalise on an excellent batting platform saw Great Melton A’s relegation woes deepen as Stow A battled to to victory with just 4 balls to spare at a sunny Melton Park.
Lee Whiddett won the toss and opted to bat first on a flat Melton surface, and in a rearranged batting order he and Michael Farmer took the score to 51 in the 15th over when Farmer, having played some fine shots, chipped back to bowler for 26.
George Ducker joined the skipper and produced a cultured knock of 35, cover driving impressively as runs began to flow freely. When Ducker was bowled around his legs Melton were 114-2 from 27 overs and looking well set. The trend continued as Paul Stearman continued his good form by dispatching the ball to all parts. At 132-2 from 30 overs the A’s looked like posting at least 230.
But the dismissal of anchorman Whiddett for 42, preceded two run outs as first indecision between Toby Wyatt and Stearman saw the latter run out, before the former also departed, and at 160-5 from 36 overs the garden looked less rosy.
The A’s lower order once again failed to fire as Kapila (6), Jon Moxon (1) and Neal Clarke (0) all then departed in disappointing fashion. Joe Bickel (12) and Tom Smith (8) did at least see out the overs as Melton were dismissed in the final over for 199, which looked 20-30 runs below par.
Melton made a good start to their fielding innings as opener Marshall was excellently caught by Neal Clarke in the gully off Adam Thompson. The score went to 46 in the 11th over when Tom Smith castled Bowman for 17, with the game at that stage well balanced.
Joe Bickel then had opposing skipper Moulton (28) caught at mid-wicket by Moxon, but whilst Michael Farmer bowled a decent spell at the other end it was difficult to fully staunch the flow of runs on the fast outfield. When Bickel then removed Blowers (14) and dangerman Sargeant (40), the score was 127-5 from 33 overs.
But G Fossey marshalled the run chase impressively and Stow remained up with the rate. Whiddett turned to Paul Stearman as the game entered the final stretch, and he trapped Corielle (10) in his first over, the score 157-6 from 39 overs. But from there, Fossey (31no) and Dyer (16no) played some powerful shots and, coupled with some naive errors in the field the visitors reached their target with just four balls to spare.