GREAT MELTON A (24 points) beat NORWICH B (7 points) by 51 runs at Ingham in the Norfolk Alliance Division 4

Tim Hales demonstrated the form which brought him so much success and a huge haul of trophies at last season’s awards to help lay the foundation for Melton A Team’s first league victory since August 2014. Hales, backed up by 20’s from the returning trio of Woody Loines, Leeroy Whiddett and Martin Bunn, and the swashbuckling Marcus Mawby, enabled Melton to post a competitive 207 at the picturesque Ingham ground, the first home of our erstwhile President.

Tim and Woody put on 72 in 18 overs for the first wicket. Leeroy and Martin – with a trade mark lazy long levered 6 over the bowlers head – kept the momentum going, helping the visitors at 133 / 4 off 31 overs. Matt Henderson, settling into the side as a useful all rounder, chipped in with 16 before Marcus rode his luck, seeing four catches go down as he slapped his way to a streaky, but extremely useful, 28. In all Norwich were to put down 9 chances, concede an overthrown 5, and bowl 11 wides in a profligate fielding performance.  Golding 3/32 and Larter 3/39 were the leading bowlers for Norwich. The lack of maidens bowled showed how good the visitors were at keeping the scoreboard ticking over.

Leo de Salis was unable to replicate the previous week’s tight return, but could have had four wickets as chances went begging. His obligatory one was scant reward. At the other end, Marcus was sharp, often producing prodigious swing, to help restrict the hosts to 33 off the first 12. Ryan Hayward (1/20) had one lose over with a four and six both heading past fine leg before he took his revenge and had Clarke caught.  It was 15 yr old Tom Moye who made the other important breakthrough, with the hard hitting Bradford top edging for captain Woods to take a skier behind the stumps.  Matt Henderson (2/19) and Conner White (2/26) helped complete the rout as Melton finished with 10 fielders, but were still more than able to cover the gaps, and restrict the boundaries. A combination of 13 wides and 6 no balls provided the hosts with unnecessary runs, and extra deliveries which on another day could have proven more damaging. Eight maidens though was proof of the tight lines and consistency of which the bowlers are capable, and how impressive the ground fielding was.

Great Melton A
T Hales ct Burton b A Larter 45; D Loines ct Goodrum b A Larter 26; L Whiddett ct Burton b A Larter 20; M Bunn ct A Larter b Golding 28; C White ct F Larter b Kemp 9; M Henderon ct Bradford b Kemp 16; M Mawby b Bowman 28; S Woods b Golding 10; R Hayward b Golding 9; T Moye not out 1; R de Salis not out 0; Extras 15
Total 207-9  (G Bowman 9 – 1 – 36 – 1; U Ramanetlen 7 – 0 – 34 – 0; A Larter 9 – 0 – 39 -3
J Bradford 9 – 0 -35 – 0; F Kemp 5 – 0 – 26 – 2; L Golding 6 – 1 – 32 – 3)

Norwich B
C Whurr ct Loines b White 41; J Burton lbw b de Salis 6; J Bradford ct Woods b Moye 25; S Clarke ct Loines b Hayward 10; B Goodrum ct Moye b Henderson 14; F Kemp ct Mawby b Henderson 7; G Bowman b White 15; U Ramanetlen not out 12; L Golding not out 0; Extras 26. Total 156-7 (R de Salis 9 – 2 – 32 – 1; M Mawby 8 – 2 – 21 – 0; R Hayward 9 – 2 – 20 – 1; T Moye 9 – 1 – 31 – 1; M Henderson 5 – 1 – 19 – 2; C White 5 – 0 – 26 – 2)

Leo deSalis

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