Great Melton A (22 Points) beat Winterton (4) by 67 runs at Hambrook Oval in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
A magnificent bowling display gave Great Melton a thumping win over old rivals Winterton as they kept alive their promotion hopes with a 67 run defeat of their hosts at Hambrook Oval.
Earlier, Melton were put into bat on a damp and green looking wicket and the hosts made life very difficult as both Charles Lockhart and John Allen made the ball go through the top at decent pace. Both Damien Loines and Martin Bunn looked to be positive and they added 13 runs in the first 3 overs before Loines hit a ball straight up and was caught at mid-on. Martin Bunn (13) then went to Allen and Lockhart bowled a ball that spat off a length to glove debutant Adrian Cooper, who was caught at short leg for a duck.
Lee Whiddett and Chris Mckay added 20 runs but Whiddett (5) then hit a full-toss to mid-off who took a juggling catch. With the score 45-4 from 15 overs, Winterton felt as though perhaps the hard work had been done and they opted for a very attacking field, surrounding the bat and leaving huge gaps in the outfield.
Mckay and Paul Stearman took full advantage of that field as they added a vital 43 runs for the 5th wicket, by far the highest partnership of the match. Stearman was severe on change bowlers Utting and Snowling as he struck 4 sixes and 4 fours on his way to making an excellent 43. Mckay (20) also hit 2 sixes and 2 fours as the idea of scoring singles was ignored! Both were dismissed by Utting, Stearman out lbw after adding another 20 runs with Oliver Harris. With Paul Movel then following in similar fashion for a duck, Melton were 106-8 from 30 overs.
It looked as though Winterton would earn some extra overs to bat and an early tea was on the cards, but Simon Woods and Michael Farmer produced a very solid and sensible partnership. They eeked out a further 35 runs in 15 overs and that was a crucial contribution with Farmer (17) playing a couple of fine shots for boundaries in a knock that showed his burgeoning promise. That enabled Melton to close on 142-9 which they felt was a competitive score on a very tricky surface.
The Melton bowling display was then absolutely top drawer as they made full use of the lateral and vertical movement. Adam Thompson swung the ball prodigiously from the very first ball. Winterton sent in Austin and Playford in the hope of getting off to a flyer but it wasn’t to be. As Simon Woods cleverly stood up to the stumps, Austin was forced back into his crease and, unable to deal with Thompson’s away movement, nicked a ball that caught Woods’ glove and looped to Lee Whiddett at slip, the score 11-1 after 5 overs.
After a solid opening spell from Michael Farmer (5-1-10-0), Oliver Harris replaced him and immediately struck as Playford hit a ball straight to Farmer at mid-wicket, with the 15 year old making no mistake in snaffling the catch.
Perhaps the crucial wicket then went as Thompson bowled a grubber that trapped Bryn Clarke in front. Thompson then removed old stager Geoff Roper (0) as he chopped on, and once Harris had then darted a delivery into Witheridge (1) that demolished the stumps, Winterton knew they were in real trouble at 34-5 after 19 overs.
Thompson then bowled Danny Snowling (4) as he recorded outstanding figures of 12-4-20-4. As Paul Movel replaced him, Harris (11-5-28-3) then grabbed his third victim to a quite outstanding catch from Chris Mckay, running around from mid-on to take a diving, low steepler to remove Stanhope-Smith (2).
It was then the Movel show as the wily bowler made full use of the green wicket. He bowled Ben Utting (2) with an off-cutter that pitched outside off stump and hit leg, and whilst John Allen (21) counter-attacked by hitting Harris for consecutive sixes, his attempts to repeat the dose to Movel only resulted in his stumps being splattered. When Movel dismissed last man Lockhart in the same fashion, Winterton were 75 All Out in the 33rd over.
Without a doubt this was Melton’s best fielding display of the season but Stearman’s vital knock should not be underestimated, a welcome return for the dangerous batsman. Melton now look to another big game back at Melton Park against Mundford, as they look to close the gap on 2nd placed Thetford. Melton are now up to a season highest 4th place, just 2 points adrift of Winterton.
Great Melton A:
D Loines c Stanhope-Smith b Lockhart 5
M Bunn c Percival b Allen 13
A Cooper c Witheridge b Lockhart 0
L Whiddett c Stanhope-Smith b Snowling 5
C McKay c Allen b Utting 20
P Stearman lbw b Utting 43
O Harris st Playford b Snowling 3
P Movel lbw b Snowling 0
S Woods Not Out 8
M Farmer c Percival b Utting 17
A Thompson Not Out 0
Extras 28 (11w, 4nb, 8b, 5lb)
Total (9 Wickets, 46 Overs) 142
C Lockhart 11-3-43-2, J Allen 12-6-18-1, D Snowling 12-3-42-3, B Utting 11-4-26-3
J Austin c Whiddett b Thompson 3
F Playford c Farmer b Harris 7
B Clarke lbw b Thompson 10
M Witheridge b Harris 1
G Roper b Thompson 0
D Snowling b Thompson 4
J Stanhope-Smith c Mckay b Harris 2
B Utting b Movel 2
J Allen b Movel 21
K Percival Not Out 0
C Lockhart b Movel 6
Extras 18 (3w, 7b, 8lb)
Total (All Out, 32.1 Overs) 75
A Thompson 12-4-20-4, M Farmer 5-1-10-0, O Harris 11-5-28-3, P Movel 4.1-1-3-3