Great Melton A (22 Points) beat Mundford (3) by 8 Wickets at Melton Park in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
N Conquest Run Out (G Bunn) 20
A Bailey Hit Wicket b Stearman 9
M Florence b Stearman 0
M Frost c Bickel b De Salis 6
R Yates b Bickel 18
J Norman c M Godbold b De Salis 17
M Leeder Run Out (Stearman) 2
M Perryman c Whiddett b Bickel 15
B McIsaac c Woods b Bickel 1
J Yates Not Out 25
M Smith lbw b Bickel 3
Total (All Out, 42.1 Overs) 134
P Stearman 12-2-31-2, L De Salis 12-3-35-2, J Bickel 10.1-1-33-4, D Godbold 7-1-20-0, M Clarke 1-0-6-0
Great Melton A:
M Bunn Not Out 64
G Bunn c & b J Yates 9
M Clarke lbw b Smith 1
M Godbold Not Out 53
Total (2 Wickets, 23.2 Overs) 138
M Smith 6-1-36-1, J Yates 7-2-19-1, A Bailey 6-0-44-0, M Leeder 4.2-0-31-0
It looks to be an exciting season in prospect for Great Melton as the first team’s promotion has heralded the acquisition of several quality players. Ben and Sam Mann, from Old Buckenham, David Adams and David Maskell from Saxlingham, Joe Heather, a former Cambridge Granta player, have all added strength in depth to the club and the knock on effect meant that the A team were able to go into their opening fixture with Mundford with a line-up unrecognisable from last season, with the likes of Matt Clarke, Marcus and Daryl Godbold and George Bunn all making appearances.
Lee Whiddett won a useful toss and inserted the visitors. Whilst his side looked perhaps to have its strengths in its batting, it was the bowlers that did the damage as Paul Stearman and Leo De Salis both bowled superb spells. Mundford openers Bailey and Conquest did make a solid start with the score 29-0 from 8 overs, but most of the scoring shots were via the risky aerial route, and eventually the breakthrough came when Bailey rather unfortunately slipped and trod on his stumps. Conquest then took an ill judged single and was easily run out by George Bunn. With Stearman then clean bowling Florence soon after, the score was 33-3 in the 14th over.
Wickets continued to fall regularly as Joe Bickel, replacing Stearman, bowled a mixture of good, bad and ugly but managed to pick up wickets to injudicious strokes. At the other end, Mundford’s most dangerous batsman, Joe Norman, was comfortably caught on the long on fence as he looked to despatch the awkward De Salis, who finished with 12-3-35-2.
Mundford skipper Leeder was then run out by Stearman as again the opposition underestimated the hosts’ fielding prowess, and the innings subsided again from 65-5 to 96-8. There was some decent resistance from the last pair, J Yates and M Smith, who added 27, but with Daryl Godbold keeping things tight the final wicket fell to Bickel as Mundford were all out for 134 in the 43rd over.
The Melton reply started well enough with two sumptuous boundaries from George Bunn but soon after he disappointingly chipped back to the bowler. Martin Bunn smashed three consecutive boundaries before Matt Clarke was trapped lbw and Melton were 33-2 in the 9th over. From there, however, it was a masterclass as in-form Bunn bludgeoned 9 fours and 2 sixes, whilst the excellent Marcus Godbold swept and drove his way effortlessly. Runs came thick and fast as the two added 105 runs in just 14 overs, and whilst both survived dropped catch and missed stumping chances, it was an emphatic performance as the game finished before 5.30pm with Melton having over 25 overs to spare.
This looks like a season where the A side should be competing for promotion. Performances of this nature will surely see them do just that.