Great Melton A (6 Points) lost to Bungay (24) at Melton Park in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Three
Great Melton A:
D Loines c Lewis b Pawsey 21
L Whiddett caught b Ling 54
M Bunn b Elden 6
J Moxon c Lewis b Reid 32
C McKay b Elden 4
J Bickel caught b Ling 12
S Woods c Fuller b Elden 2
R Hayward b Ling 0
M Mawby Not Out 25
T Moye Run Out 14
G Coulson Not Out 0
Total (9 Wickets, 46 Overs) 201
Fuller 9-0-37-0, Pawsey 9-0-33-1, Elden 12-0-49-3, Mattocks 6-0-33-0, Read 5-0-20-1, Ling 5-0-25-3
W Lewis c McKay b Coulson 29
M Ramm c Loines b Coulson 14
M Williams Not Out 45
C Fuller c Hayward b Bickel 20
T York Not Out 66
Total (3 Wickets, 42.2 Overs) 202
G Coulson 10-1-33-2, M Mawby 7.2-0-57-0, R Hayward 12-0-43-0, J Bickel 8-0-35-1, T Moye 5-0-27-0
Lee Whiddett scored a half century and Great Melton A made over 200 for the second consecutive week, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a third defeat of the season as Tom York’s beligerant 66 saw Bungay to a victory that hauls them off the bottom of Alliance Division Three.
It had all started well for hosts Melton, as despite being inserted into bat, they progressed impressively to 54-0 from 13 overs thanks to solid batting from Damien Loines and skipper Whiddett. Loines finally perished for 21 and then a scratchy Martin Bunn (6) was bowled by the skiddy Elden, but Whiddett looked in good touch and he and Jon Moxon built a further 50 stand, taking the score on from 86-2 at drinks to 128-3 from 31 overs.
At that stage, with Moxon striking the ball well, a score of 230 looked achievable. But when Moxon holed out for 32 and then Whiddett struck a full toss to mid-on for a well made 54, the innings stalled as the lack of batting depth in the home side took its toll. McKay (4), Bickel (12), Simon Woods (2) and Ryan Hayward (0) were all sent back in quick succession and Melton could only stutter to 158-7 from 38 overs.
It was left to Marcus Mawby (25no) and Tom Moye (14) to play some fine shots in the closing overs to get Melton past the 200 mark, closing on 201-9.
It was probably around 30 runs below par but a total ‘to bowl at’, and whilst Marcus Mawby did struggle with his line and with no balls, Gary Coulson bowled a fine spell and, with Hayward replacing Mawby, the home began to crank up the pressure on the Bungay batsmen, who could only reach 28-0 from 10 overs. Soon after, Coulson dismissed both openers as the pressure told, Ramm tamely striking to Woody Loines at mid-on for 14 before Will Lewis was well caught at deep square by a tumbling McKay. With Bungay 70-2 from 20 overs, Melton were fairly pleased with their work by that stage.
Bungay skipper Chris Fuller hit some cracking drives in a quickfire 20 but was well caught by Hayward at mid-off from the bowling of Joe Bickel, who replaced Coulson (10-1-33-2) but was unable to achieve the control he displayed the week previously at Brooke. At 75-3 from 21 overs the match was right in the balance.
The game, however, swung in the visitor’s favour with the arrival at the crease of Tom York. The powerful right hander punished anything loose from Bickel and, though Tom Moye bowled a decent spell, Melton seemed to lack the penetration required to make the breakthrough. Moye was very unlucky not to remove the obdurate Williams, when a simple catch somehow eluded Hayward due to the glare of the sun, and that was to prove the last real opportunity to break through. Mawby returned to bowl a fiery spell with Bungay still needing 55 from the last 10 overs, but Williams and York did well to keep out the decent deliveries and there was always a boundary ball coming each over, which they punished severely.
With Williams ended 45 not out and York unbeaten on 66, Bungay reached the target in the 43rd over.
Melton battled away hard to produce a competitive performance with what was clearly a side inferior on paper to their opponents, but will need better quality availability in order to start winning matches at this level.