GREAT MELTON B (155 / 8) 5 pts lost to CAISTER (180/5) 24 pts by 25 runs at Town Close in the Norfolk League Division 2E
A 25 ball 40 by left handed Martin Hewitt, and a patient and well constructed 71 off 115 deliveries by Paul Brown ensured Caister recovered from a very slow start to win by 25 runs, and in doing so, deservedly be crowned Champions.
It could be argued that the game swung in Caister’s favour on the 3rd ball of the afternoon, as a thunderous drive by Brown smashed into Craig Wilson’s right hand in his follow through, rendering him unable to bowl again. It left captain Rushton to pick up the baton, and scratch around for a 5th bowler. It also meant Chris Wright and Josh Wright had to bowl full spells.
The former was his usual economical self in his first 6 overs as the conditions were in the bowlers’ favour, restricting the visitors to less than 2 runs per over. The pattern was copied by Rushton (1/26) Josh (1/27) and de Salis (1/24). Chris though felt the full force the late order onslaught as Caister, inspired by Hewitt, added 100 runs in the final 14 overs.
Eusha, Connor Stearman and Chris McKay all suffered as the ball disappeared to all areas, often without bouncing.
Shawn Goodby (17), Robert Brown (20) and Paul French (14) made starts but were unable to push on.
In reply, Melton were pegged back from the start, with Goodby and Hewitt especially bowling probing lines and lengths. Andrew Myhill’s left arm spin (12 off 7 overs) was equally difficult to get away, leaving the Melton attack to try and make the most of the inexperienced Ryan Goodby (4/36) and James Oxborough (1/28).
Chris McKay (46 off 44) and Matt Rushton (22 off 20) were the only batsmen who managed to give the innings impetus, leaving the hosts to stumble short of a 4th batting point.
Sitting 10 points adrift of Sprowston after their 30 run defeat by Aylsham St Giles, means a final day win at Cringleford and a loss by Sprowston against 2nd placed Southwold, will ensure survival for Melton’s 3rd team.
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