Great Melton B – 231/ 7 – beat Ketteringham Hall – 201 / 8, by30 runs in Stadia Norfolk League Div 2E
Aslam Khan Mohammed is destined to become a Melton Legend. He settled in socially very quickly with his broad smile, quick wit, and desire to talk bowling with anyone who is prepared to listen. He took wickets from the start, and despite being barred from the Alliance on residency grounds, he has been keen to do his very best for the 3rds in the Norfolk League.
Claiming to have hit a century off less than 30 balls in the UAE, Aslam kept telling everyone he will score runs, but it has taken until the emergence of sunshine for his assurances to be fulfilled.
Eaton felt the force first, in the Wicklewood Shield final, as Aslam hit 82 in 10 overs. He followed that up with a brutal onslaught at Dussingdale against Bystanders with 75, and on Saturday, from a patient and calm base, he blasted his way to 100 with a 6 over the bushes towards the Inner Ring Road at Town Close. He finished on 127 out of 231, to give the hosts a firm grasp of the game. Tony Alborough, 24, resuming his more customary role as opener, Jon Moxon, 23, and Sam Coleman, 21* (despite 3 times running 1 short) all provided good and timely support, rotating the strike as much as possible. Tony even competed with Fawad for ‘shot of the day’. Fawad’s second ball was despatched over the mid off boundary for a Filntoff (he came to the crease with 3 balls of the innings left). Tony played an almost immaculate lofted cover drive off the front foot for 4, with a lovely high elbow for the cameras. Tim Petzold, sporting a Brain May bouffant, conceded just 16 off his 10 over spell, whilst accounting for Steve Clarke and Eusha.
Ketteringham have relied heavily on the runs provided by Chris Bird-Butler in their struggles this year, and Saturday was no exception as he survived a stumping to compile 73 before offering a return catch to Aslam. Craig Birleson, 42, and Mark Bitton, 37, were the only other batsmen to make double figures as Neal Clarke, Fawad, Leo de Salis and Aslam shared the wickets evenly. Eusha held two vital catches to remove Birleson and Bitton, as the overs ran out with the required rate initially hovered at 10 an over for the final 8 overs and steadily grew.