GREAT MELTON B (25 points) beat Great Yarmouth (7 points) by 4 Wkts at Town Close School in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 3
Great Melton looked to continue their push for promotion as the season passed the halfway point at home against Great Yarmouth.
After losing the toss the home side were in the field and looked to take early wickets, they soon got their wish as Gary Coulson (7-1-17-1) took the first wicket of the innings with his fourth ball.
This was the last success for a while as Yarmouth built a steady partnership of 68 for the third wicket until skipper lines brought Neal Clarke into the attack and he got the break through with his fourth ball.
They soon got their third wicket as Clarke got his second wicket in his second over, having the Yarmouth captain C. Thompson caught in the deep by Loines.
Melton now seemed to be getting into their stride as wickets fell at regular intervals with Fawad Kaiser being the most successful with figures of 9-1-43-4. There was still resistance from the other end as Yarmouth Batsmen R. Irvine intelligently farmed the strike on his way to making an impressive 84, having been dropped whilst only on 10.
Ryan Hayward and Michael Farmer bowled well at the death to keep the score down and even though the 170 scored was probably 40 to 50 more than Yarmouth should have got the home side were confident in chasing them down.
After tea Melton’s innings got off to a flyer as the Yarmouth opening bowlers seemed to be bowling at least one bad ball an over which openers Neal Clarke (50) and Tony Alborough (28) put on 49 for the first wicket in 12 overs. After Alborough departed Clarke and Woody Loines (25) continued where the openers had left off hitting boundaries regularly keeping the run rate well above 4.5 an over. The two put on 43 for the second wicket until Loines was bowled by a quicker delivery from Yarmouth leg spinner Evans.
Clarke and Chris Elliott (21) continued to keep the scoring rate up, although there weren’t many boundaries the strike was rotated well, until Clarke reached his first half century of the season then the next ball tried to go over the top didn’t quite get hold of the shot and was caught at long on with the score on 117.
Elliot was then joined by Chris McKay who again looked in a positive frame of mind as he seemed to hit boundaries at will with 2 fours and 2 sixes in his swift 22. With the score on 153 Melton then lost two wickets in successive overs and McKay and Elliot were dismissed still needing 17.
Although at his point Melton had lost 5 wickets there was little doubt in the result and even though they lost another wicket there no stopping the hosts getting over the finish line with 2 overs to spare.
K. Nicholls ct. Kaiser b. Clarke 21, A. Cory ct. Woolrich b. Coulson 0, R. Irvine ct. Ducker b. Hayward 84, c. Thompson ct. Loines b. Clarke 4, M. Thompson lbw Kaiser 5, G. Doggett ct Elliott b. Kaiser 23, M. Evans ct. Ducker b. Kaiser 1, N. Stapeley b. Kaiser 0, S. Powles ct. Woolrich b. Hayward 10, M. Cockrill b. Farmer 0, Lokesh not out 0
TOTAL 170 all out (Extras 8w, 5b, 6lb)
R. Hayward 9-2-30-2, G. Coulson 7-1-17-1, C. Woolrich 4-0-21-0, F. Kaiser 9-1-43-4, N. Clarke 7-1-28-2, M. Farmer 3.3-1-16-1
Great Melton B
N. Clarke ct. Stapeley b. Evans 50, A. Alborough ct. Irvine b. Lokesh 28, D. Loines b. Evans 25, C. Elliott lbw Cory 21, C. McKay c+b. Lokesh 22, G. Ducker lbw M. Thompson 10, M. Farmer not out 5, C. Woolrich not out 4
TOTAL 173-6 (Extras 3w, 5b)
Lokesh 11-0-49-2, M. Cockrill 7-0-25-0, M. Evans 10-0-53-2, C. Thompson 10-2-21-0, A. Cory 3-1-11-1, N. Stapeley 1-0-5-0, M. Thompson 1-0-4-1