Great Melton (23) beat Caister (6) by 6 Wickets in Norfolk League Division 2.
Great Melton B played host to Caister on Saturday looking to get a win at this crucial stage of the season sitting in the bottom two.
Winning the toss Tim Hales decided to insert the visitors on a green looking wicket hoping to restrict Caister to a chase able total.
Openers Gary Coulson an Nav Sharma bowled with a good line and length tying the opposition openers down to less than 3 an over with Coulson getting the breakthrough in the 10th over as P. Brown got frustrated hitting the ball straight up for Eusha Fawad to take a comfortable catch.
Melton continued to tighten the screw as change bowler ben carding took the second wicket of the innings in his 3rd over having the obdurate R. Stokes caught by Brother Sam.
Ringing the changes Hales brought spin bowlers Neal Clarke and Liam Hughes into the attack, after an excellent spell from Coulson of 12-1-37-1, with Clarke taking a wicket in his second over turning one through the defences of R. Brown to leave the visitors on 77-3 after 27 overs.
Hughes tool a little tap in his 4th and 5th overs so Hales changes it once again bringing Sharma back on for a second spell. After a tidy spell by Clarke, Sam Carding replaced him, initially struggling with his lines, but once he got his radar online Caister’s middle order struggled to get him away as the overs were running out.
Taking wickets at crucial stages Melton kept a lid on the innings and having the fielders in the right place Caister were unable to get the boundaries they wanted and were restricted to 167-7 off their 45 overs.
The Hosts reply got off to the worst start as opening pair Clarke (1) and Chris Elliott (4) were back in the hutch after 4 overs so Liam Hughes and Jon Moxon had a period of rebuilding, ticking of the runs a single at a time.
Moxon, picking the right balls, looked to up the rate hitting over the top well whilst rotating the strike with Hughes at the other end.
The pair added 76 for the 3rd wicket before Moxon was dismissed for a well-made 43 by a smart return catch off Tim Oxborough.
Skipper Hales joined Hughes at the crease and looked to give him the strike as he passed his half century. Hales saw off Caister’s strike bowler S. Goodby only to misjudge a pull shot off change bowler P. Brown and with Steve “Bungers” Phoenix out on the social circuit in the evening he was promoted in the order and given license.
Looking positive from the off and batting in his normal chaotic style Phoenix ran the opposition ragged pinching singles and bringing out his favourite shot the “Full toss to Leg”, hitting two sixes the second of which bringing the game to an end giving Melton victory with a couple of overs to spare.
An excellent win for the B’s as they go above Aylsham in the table and out of the bottom two with a trip Aylsham next week with their destiny now in their own hands.
R. Stokes ct S. Carding b. B. Carding 9, P. Brown ct Fawad b. Coulson 21, S. Goodby 45*, R. Brown b. Clarke 19, M. Church b. Sharma 35, T. Oxborough ct Moxon b. Sharma 0, C. Tennant ct B. Carding b. S. Carding 2, A. Myhill ct Hales b. Sharma 5, J. Clark 1*. TOTAL 167-7 (29 extras). N. Sharma 11-0-40-3, G. Coulson 12-2-37-1, B. Carding 6-1-12-1, N. Clarke 7-0-26-1, L. Hughes 5-0-24-0, S. Carding 4-0-16-1
Gt. Melton Innings.
C. Elliott lbw b. Oxborough 4, N. Clarke ct Church b. Goodby 1, L. Hughes 74*, J. Moxon ct&b Oxborough 43, T. Hales ct&b P. Brown 12, S. Phoenix 24*. TOTAL 172-4 (13 extras). S. Goodby 12-4-28-1, T, Oxborough 12-2-50-2, P. Brown 10-0-42-1, A. Myhill 9-2-43-0.