GREAT MELTON B (24 points) beat GREAT YARMOUTH ‘A’ (4 points) by 6 wickets at Beaconsfield Recreation Ground in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 3
Great Melton ‘B’ travelled to a blustery Beaconsfield Rec to start there 2011 league campaign against promoted Great Yarmouth ‘A’.
Woody Loines, in his first full season as captain of the ‘B’ team, won the toss and decided to make first use of an early season green looking wicket. Opening bowlers Jack McCurley and Gary Coulson soon got into their stride and made scoring very difficult for the Yarmouth openers. The first wicket fell in the fifth over with the score on 9, McCurley striking first of the two openers.
Coulson was his usual miserly self, conceding just 10 runs from his first 9 overs whilst McCurley was taking wickets at the other end. Wickets began to fall regularly and with Yarmouth at 32-4 it looked as if it would be a very early finish. A steady 5th wicket partnership of 26 for Yarmouth threatened to halt Melton’s progress but once Nichols (20) and Irvine (13) had departed there was no let up from Melton’s attack. Rob Simms coming into the attack to cleaned up the Yarmouth tail with a match winning performance of 5.1-2-19-4.
Yarmouth finishing 84 all out in 28.1 overs.
Melton’s reply got off to a steady start as the pitch became more difficult to play on. Openers Neal Clarke (14) and George King (1) went before the 11th over with 37 on the board which brought skipper Loines to the crease, who in his usual aggressive manner, decided to take the attack to the Yarmouth bowlers and get the game finished as quickly as possible chasing such a small total.
Melton lost another wicket in Chris McKay (2), running himself out, with the score on 50 and although Melton only needed 35 to win the pith was becoming very difficult for new batsmen to score on. The skipper was joined at the crease by Jon Moxon (14n.o) who, like Loines was in a mood to get the game done and dusted quickly. The pair put on 34 for the 4th wicket in just 3.5 overs and with just 2 needed to win Woody Loines (31) was caught behind off one that ‘spat’ off a length to leave George Ducker (5n.o) the task of knocking off the necessary runs by hitting a boundary in the 18th over to secure a comfortable win for Melton.
Great Yarmouth ‘A’
N. Harvey b. McCurley 12, A. Cory b. McCurley 1,G. Doggett ct. McCurley b. Mason 0, C. Thompson ct & b. McCurley 2, K. Nichols b. Simms 20, R. Irvine ct. Dorling b. Coulson 13, M. evans l.b.w Simms 0, J. Barker l.b.w McKay 0, N. Stapeley st. Dorling b. Simms 7, N. Southee b. Simms 0, Lokesh not out 6, Extras 23. Total 84 (J. McCurley 7-0-18-3, G. Coulson 12-6-14-1, K. Mason 2-0-15-1, R. Simms 5.1-2-19-4, C. McKay 2-0-11-1
N. Clarke c&b Southee 14, G. King ct. G. Doggett b. Harvey 1, W. Loines ct C. Thompson b. Lokesh 31, C. McKay Run out 2, J. Moxon not out 14, G. Ducker not out 5, Extras 21. (N. Harvey 5-1-13-1, Lokesh 7-0-33-1, N. Southee 2-0-16-1, C. Thompson 3-0-25-0, N. Stapeley 0.4-0-4-0)