Great Melton A (22 Points) beat Stow A (5) by 7 Wickets at Stow Hall in Frankly Digital Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Five
T Marshall Not Out 74
J Barter st Woods b Sims 40
O Denton c M Bunn b Sims 14
J Chima lbw b L Whiddett 2
S Moulton c Clarke b Sims 4
M Blowers c Woods b Stearman 8
S Royle c Woods b Stearman 13
I Skinner Not Out 14
Total (6 Wickets, 46 Overs) 188
D Bunn 8-1-22-0, D Godbold 11-2-50-0, L Whiddett 12-3-39-1, R Sims 12-1-44-3, P Stearman 3-0-28-2
Great Melton A:
J Whiddett Not Out 61
M Bunn Run Out 28
M Clarke c Griffin b Barter 0
P Stearman lbw b Moulton 78
G Bunn Not Out 17
Total (3 Wickets, 39.5 Overs) 189
S Moulton 11.5-2-53-1, P Griffin 7-1-33-0, J Barter 12-2-32-1, S Cook 5-0-30-0, I Skinner 2-0-22-0, C Manning 2-0-17-0
Great Melton A went clear at the top of Norfolk Alliance Division Five after a seven wicket victory at Stow Hall set up by Paul Stearman’s brilliant 78.
Lee Whiddett won an important toss and his bowlers, Dave Bunn and Daryl Godbold were able to make first use of a damp wicket that was covered until 20 minutes before the start. Stow opener Trevor Marshall found the going particularly tough and, whilst partner J Barter (40) played a more positive knock, Stow A could only muster 44-0 from the first 16 overs.
From there, change bowlers Rob Sims and Lee Whiddett came on and Sims made the breakthrough when Barter was well stumped by the impressive Simon Woods. A couple of loose deliveries from Sims were despatched by O Denton (14) before he holed out to Martin Bunn, positioned at cow corner, and with Whiddett removing Chima (2) soon after and keeping things very tight, going for just 17 runs in his first 10 overs, Stow continued to struggle.
As conditions improved the obdurate Marshall began to unfurl some strokes. Assisted by Royle (13) and Skinner (14no), Stow attacked Whiddett’s final overs as well as the returning Godbold (11-2-50-0) and Paul Stearman (3-0-28-2) as Stow, from 100-4 in 36 overs, posted 188-6 from their allotted 46, Melton’s indiscipline late on costing them dearly.
However, the Melton batting reply, in complete contrast to the chaos of the end of their fielding innings, started very well and Martin Bunn played very positively. He was unluckily run out due to poor running from partner Jason Whiddett for 28 but had taken the score to 47-1 in the 14th over, providing a solid start.
Matt Clarke (0) continued his barren run in rather unfortunate circumstances as he middled a long-hop from Barter straight into the hands of Griffin. But from there, Paul Stearman, promoted to number four, completely took the game away from the home side. After getting his eye in he began to attack the Stow change bowlers, and with Whiddett growing in confidence at the other end and beginning to unfurl his trademark cuts, the pair put on 106 to take the score to 157 in the 35th over before Stearman was lbw to the returning Moulton. Stearman’s knock featured 14 fours and 2 sixes and by the time of his dismissal the visitors were in total command.
George Bunn (17no) then joined Whiddett (61no) and together the pair knocked off the remaining runs. Whiddett looked assured throughout in a knock containing six boundaries whilst Bunn hit the winning runs for the third time this season to hand Melton a 7 wicket win with 37 balls to spare.
The result, combined with Rocklands defeat at Winterton puts Melton top of Division Five with seven games remaining.