Another disappointing batting display saw Great Melton slip to 49 run defeat away to Saham Tony in Norfolk Alliance Division 2. Melton’s top 6 failed to match the performances of Wood and Huckle from the home side who both recorded half centuries in Saham’s 193 for 8 total.
Melton elected to field and with the home side stuttering at 29 for 2 having lost Mower and Dyer cheaply, the visitors were on top but Wood (50) and Huckle (54) put together a partnership of 62 that laid the foundations for a decent total, which actually promised to be more imposing were it not for the effort of Daryl Godbold who bowled an excellent spell as the fifth seamer. He picked up 2 wickets in a 9 over spell that kept the home side below 200. He and Jonny Howard (2 for 42) were the pick of Melton’s bowlers.
In reply Melton lost Allum early and when Wood sliced a drive to point the visitors were 15 for 2. A useful partnership of 37 between Matt Clarke (25) and James Shipley (20) promised much but when Shipley was caught at slip that initiated a collapse as Melton lost a further 3 wickets cheaply that swung the momentum firmly in favour of the home side. Bunn was unfortunate to be adjudged lbw but the stumpings of Clarke and Waddell (16) gifted the opposition wickets at key times in the game. Batting for the draw was all that Melton could realistically achieve and Scott (19) and Godbold looked comfortable at the crease until Godbold was cruelly adjudged lbw, which effectively handed Saham the game.
The difference between the 2 sides was failure by any of the Melton top to register a meaningful score, although there can be little doubt that decisions did not go the visitors way.
A Wood ct Shipley b Howard 50, S Mower ct Godbold b Wright 8, W Dyer lbw b Scott 2, X Huckle ct Wood b Waddell 54, L Newton b Howard 14, D Ellis b Godbold 2, D Sims run out 12, J Norman not out 18, P Sims b Godbold 9, P Norman not out 9. Extras 17. Total 193 for 8. (R Waddell 12-1-44-1, C Wright 6-1-25-1, M Scott 7-1-34-1, J Howard 12-2-42-2, D Godbold 9-0-38-2)
R Wood ct Woods b J Norman 11, D Allum b J Norman 0, M Clarke stumped b Newton 25, J Shipley ct Norman b D Ellis 20, M Bunn lbw b D Ellis 11, M Cook run out 4, J Howard ct Dyer b Newton 7, R Waddell stumped b D Sims 16, D Godbold lbw b D Sims 5, M Scott not out 19, C Wright b D Sims 4. Extras 11. Total 134 for 10. (J Norman 8-2-16-2, P Norman 6-3-15-0, D Sims 8-0-25-3, W Dyer 6-0-18-0, D Ellis 7-2-13-2, L Newton 5-0-27-2, D Burridge 3-0-17-0)