GREAT MELTON B (21 points) beat AYLSHAM ST GILES (8 points) by 6 runs at Aylsham Rec in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 2
In their closest game of the season so far, Great Melton B defeated Aylsham St Giles by just 6 runs in a low scoring game. Having been invited to bat first on a ‘difficult’ wicket Melton made slow progress in the first 20 overs accumulating only 50 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. Steve Clarke (26) batted well before Simon Brett (40) and Tim Hales (16) produced a partnership of 43. Skipper David Bunn (23) accelerated the scoring rate before chasing a wide delivery to be caught in the gulley and thereafter the innings fell away and concluded on 149 all out in the 44th over. On a wicket were batsmen never really felt in and with a slow outfield Melton were confident they could defend their modest total.
After tea ball continued to dominate the bat however without wickets falling. At 20 overs Aylsham were 57-0 with Gary Coulson (0-14) and Tom Smith (0-37) both bowling well. Bunn picked up the vital wicket of Bingham lbw but Aylsham continued to bat solidly and moved to 96-1 of 30 overs. With Chris Wright injured whilst bowling Melton turned to Jake Mardell(1-24) and Craig Woolrich (2-21) and both bowled extremely well, assisted by committed fielding and a vital run out from the hobbling Wright. With the game still in the balance Melton suffered a further setback with Neal Clarke forced to leave the field with an Achilles injury. However, the 45th over started with Aylsham needing 12 to win and it eventually came down to 7 off the last ball and Melton ran out deserved winners – a very pleasing result given the wicket, outfield and injury problems experienced during the course of the game.
Great Melton B
S Clarke b Barber 26, N Clarke ct & b Cocks, 9, D Loines ct Hudson b Cocks 0, S Brett ct Barnard b M Hilton 40, T Hales b Barber 16, C Woolrich ct Bingham b Barnard 1, D Bunn ct Hilton b Barnard 23, J Mardell b Bingham 10, T Smith b Bingham, C Wright not out 8, G Coulson b Bingham 0. Extras 11, total 149 all out. (J Cocks 8-3-22-2, M Hilton 10-1-28-1, A Barber 12-1-44-2, R Bingham 6.3-1-26-3, A Barnard 8-2-25-2)
Aylsham St Giles
R Bingham lbw b Bunn 29, S Hudson ct S Clarke b Mardell 35, A Barnard run out 12, Jakir b Woolrich 1, W Stewart not out 11, J Jeys b Woolrich 2, J Cocks not out 18. Extras 29 total 143-5. (G Coulson 8-4-14-0, T Smith 10-1-37-0, D Bunn 7-1-20-1, C Wright 2-0-9-0, J Mardell 12-2-24-1, C Woolrich 6-1-21-2).