Beeston 231-8 (26pts) beat Great Melton B 117 all out (6 points) by 114 runs at Beeston in the Ashburnham Norfolk League Division Two West
A young though potentially star studded Melton B team were well beaten by a physically stronger Beeston side at Beeston Recreation ground in this Division Two West Norfolk league game.
Batting first on a pitch and atmospheric conditions more akin to St Kitts and Nevis than Norfolk, Beeston lost opener Liam Wall (5) to a well judged catch by Corey Rushton at cover.
Adrian Parke’s patient stay at the crease for a well compiled 86 included bludgeoning anything loose on the leg side, which he was able to do regularly, was the base camp for the home side’s innings. He shared a 60 run partnership with Robert Wall (11), 21 with James Spink (6) and another 60 with Issac Blackford (39) to take them to 164/4 by the 32ndover.
Ben Wall (20) pushed the score to 190 before 4 wickets fell for 12 runs, including an excellent run out by Corey Rushton.
Matthew White, playing his first game of the season (15*) and Clive Parke (16*) pushed the score to 231, assisted by 31 extras.
Leo de Salis recorded impressive figures of 10 overs, 4 maidens, 1 wicket for 24 runs, with 10 coming off the final over. Matt Rushton nabbed 3 more wickets for 35, and Kyle Weston grabbed a brace for 46, his extra pace and bounce causing problems for batsmen and fielders alike.
Ben Johnson again bowled well but ended wicket-less. Spin twins Ben (1/31) and Jamie Granville (0/45) both displayed fantastic promise producing both genuine turn and bounce.
Phil Bugg, Kai Wilkinson-Loines, Matt Rushton, Corey Rushton and Kyle Weston shared the seven catches, with Kyle’s one handed pluck above his head at mid off making up for a drop off a much simpler one. The catch shared champagne moment with his reaction to the drop.
In response, Matt Rushton’s 24 was the top score along with extras. Phil Bugg (14), Kai (13), Kyle (13) and Leo (10) were the only other ones to reach double figures. Chris McKay fell for 8 on a day when at least 3 of the seniors needed to score big to make any real impression. Sam Johnson was unable to replicate his recent performances, and though Corey, Ben, Jamie and Ben all displayed excellent technique, the pace and bounce generated negated their best efforts, and left Melton disappointingly struggling and ultimately failing to gain a 3rdbatting point.
Matthew White completed a fantastic personal display with 7 wickets for just 20 runs, with 3 cleaned bowled.
This was game for experience for the future, though for the present, a couple more wins are still needed to maintain division two status, and help prepare and develop players for the A team.
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