Great Melton A (0 Points) lost to Hardingham (20) by 10 Wickets at Hardingham in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
Great Melton A:
T Hales c Turner b Fletcher 0
C Elliott b Hastings 9
M Bunn c Scott b Hastings 25
P Stearman lbw b Turner 0
T Wyatt c Downs b Hastings 1
L Whiddett c & b Hastings 14
S Wooldridge b Hastings 0
M Farmer b Hastings 3
S Woods c S Hastings b Hastings 4
J Bickel b Hastings 0
G Coulson Not Out 0
Total (All Out, 38.1 Overs) 69
T Fletcher 8-2-16-1, J Turner 12-4-17-1, M Hastings 12-5-20-7, J Scott 1-0-5-0, R Fowle 5-1-5-0, S Hastings 0.1-0-0-1
B Scott Not Out 31
J Downes Not Out 29
Total (0 Wickets, 13 overs) 72
M Farmer 5-0-26-0, G Coulson 4-0-19-0, J Bickel 2-1-8-0, L Whiddett 2-0-18-0
Great Melton A suffered a disastrous defeat as their inexperienced batting line up was exposed against a Hardingham first team that looked vastly superior in all departments.
It has been a dreadful start to the season for the A’s who appear to be suffering most from the absence of several players from last season’s side, as well as being luckless having lost crucial tosses in both completed matches and being rained off when in charge of last week’s match with Mundford.
On this occasion, Toby Fletcher of Hardingham was delighted to insert the visitors on a wicket which exhibited uneven bounce throughout. Tim Hales was nicked off for a duck by the opposing skipper in just the 3rd over and that set the scene. Melton A briefly looked stable as their lead batsman, Martin Bunn, looked in decent touch in making 25 before a poor shot saw him easily caught. Paul Stearman (0) failed to get himself before playing across the line and further injudicious batting from Toby Wyatt (1) saw Melton 36-4 from 17 overs. Chris Elliott battled hard to stem the tide and he and Lee Whiddett added 17 runs before Elliott was bowled having dug in for 23 overs for his 9. Simon Wooldridge soon followed, bowled by a horrible grubber, and when skipper Whiddett also departed, caught and bowled for 14, Melton slumped to 69 all out. Whilst Hardingham bowled with good accuracy and the wicket was difficult, too many of the batsmen played across the line before establishing themselves and only Bunn and Whiddett showed any real likelihood of making a substantial score.
Melton were then blown away in just 13 overs as Hardingham openers Scott and Downes opted to play aggressively from the start. Michael Farmer looked rusty in his first bowl of the season and whilst Joe Bickel bowled two decent overs to continue his early season promise, there was little else to write home about as the visitors were despatched back to Melton Park to watch the first team by 4.30pm.