GREAT MELTON B (7 points) lost to Eaton (24 points) by 4 Wkts at C & S School in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 3
Melton traveled to near neighbors Eaton in their match on Saturday looking to make it 3 wins in a row.
With the showers around and overcast conditions Melton winning the toss didn’t hesitate in putting their hosts into bat.
Opening bowlers Gary Coulson (11-6-14-0) and Navin Sharma (7-1-40-1) bowled very good tight opening spells with the latter taking two early wickets combined with Coulson’s usual miserly spell leaving Eaton 29-2 after the first ten overs.
The next wicket wasn’t to come too soon and although initially the run rate was not alarming Eaton ticked the scoreboard along nicely, with Sam Butcher reaching his half century. At drinks Eaton were 67-2 and looked to kick on and push towards a total they could defend.
Butcher and S. Davis (54) punished the Melton bowlers as they tried to take wickets bowling both sides of the wicket bowling too many loose deliveries of which Eaton took advantage of pushing onto a very competitive total.
Eaton’s third wicket didn’t fall until the 35th over and they only lost a further two in their innings with Sam Butcher finishing on 75 not out and Eaton on 207-6 off their 45 overs, which was probably 30 more than Melton had hoped had they bowled better. With the exception of stand in skipper Coulson who was his usual miserly self and the impressive youngster Craig Woolrich who bowling at the death finished with figures of 9-1-43-1 bowling with good discipline and control.
After tea Melton set about chasing down their target of 208 but it didn’t start well with a mix up between openers N. Clarke and J. Dorling with the latter being run out with a direct hit for 5.
Clarke was then joined by Chris Elliot at the crease as they looked to get Melton back on track. Eaton were bowling well giving the Melton batsmen nothing to hit, bowling few bad balls it was hard to score at a good rate.
The pair batted patiently picking up runs where they could picking up singles but found it difficult to hit boundaries as the hosts bowled straight and set their field accordingly. At the drinks break Melton were 64-1 so they had plenty of wickets in hand and so looked to push on and up the rate a little.
They still found it difficult to score the much needed boundaries as Eaton set the field deep on a big outfield even though there were plenty of ones and twos on offer they just couldn’t find the rope. In the 28th over Melton lost their second wicket as Clarke was bowled for a well made 34.
Elliott carried on patiently reaching his half century with the innings ticking over as Melton looked to reach their target but new batsmen C. McKay (18), J. Moxon (12n.o), G. Ducker (14) and M. Farmer (4) all found it difficult to score runs as Eaton continued to bowl straight and all falling trying to score quickly.
Eventually Elliott was stumped for 74 looking to accelerate as Melton lost three wickets in the last two overs in trying to reach their target but eventually falling short.
Melton finishing on 184-7 off their 45 overs.
D. Clark ct. Ducker b. Sharma 4, R. Duke b. Sharma 15, S. Butcher 75 not out, S. Davis c+b Kaiser 54, M. Duke c+b Kaiser 11, N. Barker b. Woolrich 2, L. Billington b. Kaiser 8, J. Chilvers not out 0
TOTAL 207-6 (Extras 38 17w, 14b, 7lb)
G. Coulson 11-6-14-0, N. Sharma 7-1-40-2, C. Woolrich 9-1-43-1, F. Kaiser 12-1-58-3, M. Farmer 3-0-16-0, N. Clarke 3-0-15-0
Gt. Melton Innings
N. Clarke b. Trett 34, J. Dorling run out 5, C. Elliott st. Duke b. Barker 74, C. McKay ct. Futter b. Clark 18, G. Ducker c+b Billington 14, J. Moxon 12 not out, N. Sharma c+b Barker 0, M. Farmer b. Billington 4, C. Woolrich not out 3
TOTAL 184-7 (Extras 16 10w, 2b, 4lb)
L. Billington 12-3-45-2, P. Futter 12-2-29-0, D. Clark 11-2-46-1, D. Trett 6-0-34-1, N. Barker 4-0-24-2