Great Melton A (5 Points) lost to Stow A (20) by 2 wickets at Stow Bardolph in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
Great Melton A:
S Clarke b Cooke 12
T Hales b Cooke 9
L Whiddett b Manning 9
T Wyatt c Denton b Cooke 16
J Moxon c Fossey b Morgan 12
P Movel b Cooke 0
N Clarke b Skinner 3
S Woods lbw b Skinner 6
C Wright Not Out 6
L De Salis Not Out 6
Extras 31 (10w, 3nb, 12b, 6lb)
Total (8 Wickets, 46 Overs) 109
T Webb 9-4-20-0, C Manning 12-5-14-1, S Cooke 9-1-32-4, I Skinner 11-4-15-2, S Morgan 5-3-10-1
G Fossey c & b Wright 7
M Blowers b Movel 8
I Perrin lbw b Movel 14
J Sargeant lbw b De Salis 33
D Corielle b Movel 1
O Denton c Wright b Movel 0
I Skinner Run Out (Hales) 16
S Cooke lbw b Movel 7
S Morgan Not Out 12
T Webb Not Out 3
Extras 10 (5w, 2nb, 1b, 2lb)
Total (8 Wickets, 43.2 Overs) 111
G Coulson 8-2-21-0, C Wright 10-4-10-1, P Movel 12-4-19-5, N Clarke 4-0-17-0, L Whiddett 2-0-18-0, L De Salis 7.2-1-21-1
Great Melton A headed to Stow A with a side featuring much of last year’s B side and their inexperience in the batting department at this level proved decisive as Stow made use of winning a good toss to record a narrow 2 wicket win.
Inserting the visitors, Stow looked to make early inroads but Melton openers Steve Clarke and Tim Hales dug in and achieved a solid start of 28-0 from 12 overs.
A brief shower interrupted matters and soon after both batsmen were dismissed for 12 and 9 respectively, bowled by S Cooke. Lee Whiddett (9) and Toby Wyatt took the score to 59 in the 23rd over but when the skipper was dismissed the visitors struggled to maintain the scoring rate and when Wyatt (16) who timed the ball well in his brief innings, was followed by Movel (0) and Neal Clarke (3), Melton were in trouble at 72-6 from 31 overs.
Jon Moxon made 12 and Simon Woods 6 but wickets continued to fall and it was left to Chris Wright (6no) and Leo De Salis (6no) to see out the overs and earn Melton a batting point as they closed on 109-8 on what was a low, uneven surface.
Whilst perhaps 40 runs short, Melton still felt that the game was alive and they produced an excellent start to their fielding innings as Gary Coulson and Chris Wright restricted host openers Fossey and Blowers to 9-0 from 9 overs until Wright removed Fossey with a simple return catch. It was not until the 13th over that Stow scored a boundary as Melton were faultless with the ball and in the field.
Paul Movel replaced Wright and he tipped the game in Melton’s favour producing a superb spell including his usual repertoire of variations. It was the off-cutter that was particularly effective on the dry, uneven surface as he extracted considerable turn to remove Blowers, Perrin, Corrielle and Denton to leave Stow 43-5 from 20 overs.
Unfortunately Melton were struggling to contain Sergeant, with runs particularly leaking at the other end from Clarke (0-17) and Whiddett (0-18) and 20 runs came quickly despite opposition skipper Ian Skinner (16) being smartly run out by Tim Hales. That took the score to 65-6 from 25 overs with the game in the balance.
Melton found the control they needed in Leo De Salis and as Stow edged toward their target, he trapped Sergeant (33) lbw and then Movel removed S Cooke (7) in the same manner to leave the score 93-8 from 37 overs, making all 3 results possible.
But Sammy Morgan (12no) hit three lusty boundaries, one just out of reach of a diving Wyatt, as Stow reached their target in the 44th over.
Melton would surely have won this game had they been able to select from the likes of Martin and George Bunn, Paul Stearman and other regular A team batsmen but they will take heart from their fielding display into a home game against Mundford next week.