GREAT MELTON B (4 points) lost to Cringleford Lodge (23 points) by 8 Wkts at Cringleford playing fields in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 3
After a week of rain Melton looked to get their promotion push back on track at Cringleford after defeat in their last game against Eaton.
Skipper Loines Lost the toss and Melton were put into bat on a green looking wicket, the innings started slowly with openers Clarke and Alborough struggling to get off the mark within the first three overs.
Alborough was run out in bizarre fashion in the 11th over for 8 as a throw from the fin leg boundary reached the bowlers end on the full hit the bowlers hand and fell onto the stumps leaving Alborough short of his ground.
Clarke continued to struggle as runs dried up batting 21 overs for his 8 runs, Melton’s batsmen came and went for single figure scores apart from McKay (50) all the batsmen struggled to score with any fluency.
With Melton struggling at 64-5 McKay together with M. Farmer (17) put on 43 for the 6th wicket which was the best partnership of the innings which helped Melton reach a more competitive total than they looked like getting after the start they had.
McKay was out in the 41st over for his second half century of the season, his first also coming against Cringleford, and wickets then kept falling as Melton lost 2 wickets in the next over and their 9th in the penultimate over leaving J. McCurley (3no) and G. Coulson (3no) to finish the Melton innings.
Melton eventually struggling to a total of 136-9 off their 45 overs which wasn’t as competitive as they had hoped but felt with the bowling attack they had they would have a chance of victory if they bowled well.
The seconds innings didn’t start as well as Melton had hoped as McCurley struggled with his run up and went for 14 in his first over despite this good start for the hosts they were soon pegged back as McCurley and Coulson picked up two early wickets to leave Cringleford 39-2.
Unfortunately this was the last success Melton would have as the bowled with poor discipline, bowling both sides of the wicket giving the Cringleford batsmen plenty of four balls and with the light fading and heads dropping the defeat was inevitable as boundaries came far too easily.
Cringleford Batsmen Hieren (35no) and R. Wood (51no) eventually reached their target in the 32nd over.
Gt. Melton Innings
N. Clarke lbw Hieren 8, A. Alborough run out 8, D. Loines c+b Chaudry 10, C. McKay b. D. Critchfield 50, J. Moxon ct. Aspin b. Hieren 6, G. Ducker b. Hieren 1, M. Farmer b. Critchfield 17, F. Kaiser ct Chaudry b. D. Critchfield 6, R. Hayward c+b D. Critchfield 5, J. McCurley not out 3, G. Coulson not out 3
TOTAL 136-9 (Extras 9w, 1nb, 5b, 3lb)
A. Saunders 7-3-17-0, B. Chaudry 12-5-15-1, C. Hieren 12-1-47-3, D. Critchfield 10-1-33-4, R. Byas 4-0-16-0
Cringleford Lodge Innings
T. Aspin ct. Loines b. Coulson 22, M. Wood b. McCurley 7, Hieren not out 35, R. Wood not out 51
TOTAL 137-2 (Extras 22 10w, 1nb, 7b, 4lb)
R. Hayward 8-2-29-0, J. McCurley10-2-43-1, G. Coulson 4-2-8-1, F. Kaiser 5-1-18-0, N. Clarke 1-0-10-0, M. Farmer 3-0-18-0