GREAT MELTON (25 points) beat ROLLESBY (6 points) by 91 runs at Rollesby in the Norfolk League Division 2E
Melton’s original ‘youth product’ Anthony Alborough celebrated his 800th match by guiding Great Melton B to a comfortable win at Rollesby. Electing to bat first, the erstwhile first team opening batsman resumed this role along with regular opener Steve Clarke, looking to make an impression. However, with both back on the plastic seats by the end of the 4th over, umpiring soon became the order of the day for the pair. It was left to Eusha (33) and Aslam (61) to construct a match defining innings. With a combination of watchful cautiousness and sumptuously wristy cover drives, they looked imperious in the face of varied bounce and turn.
Eusha was undone by one the nipped back at the same moment Fawad Snr was undone by the scoreboard, struggling to rotate the bars to construct a 4. Aslam hit two huge 6’s and then dealt almost exclusively in boundaries on his way to yet another half century. New Dad Jon Moxon, Steve Phoenix and Matt Rushton all made useful middle order contributions, whilst Fawad almost put the ball into the score board which had so dumbfounded him earlier as Melton finished on 197-7.
The B team have not conceded over 190 all season, and this was not going to be any different, despite de Salis being hit for 16 off his first 3 overs. At times visibly struggling into the headwind, he regained his composure to induce yet another swipe outside off stump for Eusha to take his now customary simple catch at point. This was followed by 7 tight overs, 4 of which were maidens, and 2 further scalps, to leave the heart ripped out of the hosts as they teetered on 25 for 4. Aslam, bustling in with the wind at his back, was 2-1 off his first 5 overs.
Craig Wilson struggled with his run up, and despite bowling some very good deliveries, remained wicketless. Joe Bickel took over at the top end, and a combination of prodigious turn and loose shots, lead to 3 wickets for the cadet, leaving the home side reeling at 7 down with only 70 odd in the book. Yet they were stubbornly resisting all efforts to put them out of their misery, despite 5 overs of swing from Rushton who was unable to find an edge. It was left to Aslam (3/7) to knock over the stumps, and for Steve Phoenix, on a now rare trundle, to grab the final scalp with Steve Clarke taking a fairly easy stumping as Rollesby eventually succumbed for 102.
All in all 3rd place is a very good position for the side in a league which at times is still reasonably competitive.