GREAT MELTON B (7 points) lost to DRAYTON’A’ (24 points) by 3 wickets at King George 6th Playing Fields in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 3
Great Melton B travelled to Drayton on Saturday looking to make it three wins on the bounce. It didn’t start to well as losing the toss Melton were put into bat on another dry looking wicket.
Melton got off to a steady start until 1st change bowler Trett got one to rise sharply of a length leaving N. Clarke (7) helpless to do anything as it brushed his gloves behind to the keeper. Tony Alborough continued to bat in his usual aggressive manner hitting anything loose to the boundary.
As has been the theme so far this season wickets kept falling regularly with no significant partnerships in the entire innings. After Alborough was dismissed for a well made 50 Melton found themselves 113-6 struggling to set a good total, there was a glimmer of hope as George Ducker (19) and Fawad Kaiser (16) put on 40 for the 7th wicket. With the score at 153-6 there was possibility Melton might post a score of 200 plus but when Ducker was dismissed the rest of the tail only mustered another 8 runs.
The innings finishing on 161-9 well short of what looked like being a competitive score. The second innings got off to a brilliant start as Gary Coulson had opener Massingham caught behind by Ducker third ball of the innings. Opening partner Josh Mellor, playing his first game for the B team, bowled a steady 5 over spell without taking a wicket. The first ten overs Drayton only managing to get to 21-2, with Fawad Kaiser replacing Mellor and bowling a good spell of 10-2-36-2.
With Melton continuing to apply the pressure Drayton were faltering at 71-5 off 29 overs it looked as if the visitors might snatch an unlikely win, but there was then a 42 run partnership by Herring (32) and Chamberlain (24*) for the 6th wicket which took the hosts closer to victory. The dangerous Herring played one big shot to many and was caught by Josh Mellor off the bowling of Chris McKay (5-1-22-2) leaving Drayton still needing to score at over 5 an over of the remaining 9 overs with only 4 wickets left.
It was looking like being a very close finish as the 7th wicket fell still needing 30 of the last 5 overs, unfortunately for Melton it was not to be as stand in skipper Jon Moxon decided to bring Neal Clarke on to bowl for the first time in the match in the 42nd over. A single off the 1st ball over the over then brought Trett on strike what then happened had to be seen to be believed as the next 3 balls all being smashed for six to take the hosts over the finishing line with 3.1 overs to spare.
If Melton are to continue to look to finish in the promotion places they need to start scoring more runs as the fielding and bowling have been of a good standard but the batsmen on a whole have not scored enough runs for the bowlers to defend.
N. Clarke ct. Chamberlain b. Trett 7, A. Alborough ct. Chamberlain b. Trett 50, D. Loines ct. Nash b. Pepper 4, C. McKay b. Pepper. 33, J. Dorling ct. Herring b. Pepper 2, G. Ducker ct. Denney b. Massingham 19, J. Moxon b. Pepper 4, F. Kaiser ct. Denney b. Massingham 16, J. Mardell st. Chamberlain b. Massingham 2, J. Mellor not out 0, G. Coulson not out 0 TOTAL 161-9 (extras 24)
J. Scarff 11-1-45-0, Massingham 10-4-15-3, Trett 12-5-37-2, Pepper 12-1-52-4
Massingham ct. Ducker b. Coulson 0, Nash ct. Loines b. Coulson 5, Wright ct. Ducker b. Kaiser 25, Taylor lbw Kaiser 9, Denney ct. Alborough b. Mardell 9, Herring ct. Mellor b. McKay 32, Chamberlain not out 24, Crowe ct. Alborough b. McKay 4, Trett not out 30 TOTAL 164-7 (extras 18)
G. Coulson 12-4-22-2, J. Mellor 5-1-15-0, F. Kaiser 10-2-36-2, J. Mardell 10-1-37-1, C. McKay 5-1-22-2, N. Clarke 0.5-0-21-0