GREAT MELTON B (7 points) lost to COSTESSEY (25 points) by 4 Wickets at Town Close School in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 3
Great Melton looked to bounce back after consecutive defeats in two weeks against Costessey, not getting off to the start they wanted as Costessey won the toss and put the hosts into bat.
In a surprise move skipper Loines moved himself up to the opening slot moving regular opener Clarke down to three, which initially looked to have worked.
The Melton openers got off to a good start with Loines showing a positive intent and looking to get off to a flyer, the pair put on 34 in the first 6 overs until Loines got a ball that popped a little off a length to be dismissed for 23.
Alborough was bowled two overs later for 5 leaving Melton at 35-2 which brought Simon Brett to the crease, the young left hander looked in good touch as he played straight and hit the bad ball to the boundary.
Clarke was bowled for 1 in the 15th over having struggled to get going for the second week in a row, whilst Brett carried on scoring freely. Jon Moxon then joined Brett at the crease and the pair batted well together, patiently waiting for the bad ball and hitting it to the boundary when it came.
By the 26th over the pair had put on 40 to bring up the 100 for Melton until out of nowhere Moxon added to his collection of bizarre dismissals this season when receiving a half tracker smashed it straight at the Costessey skipper Taylor at short leg which seemed to hit him then loop up in the air for the skipper to take at the second attempt leaving Melton 100-5.
George Ducker then joined Brett and the pair carried on where Moxon had left off batting patiently waiting for the bad balls with Brett creeping up on another half century until out of character having hit two boundaries already in the over tried to hit another one off a straight ball leaving him 5 short of his half century.
The tail then dragged Melton over the fourth batting point of 160 with Woolrich (8), Hayward (12), McCurley (2*) and Coulson (5) all playing their part.
Although again Melton not batting well enough scoring only 162 which they felt was another below par score they still had a chance if they bowled well.
After tea Melton got off to a decent start getting their first wicket in the 6th over unfortunately that was their only success for the next 25 overs as L. Smith (35) and S. Silvester (55) put on 100 for the 2nd wicket, although initially Melton’s bowlers were very disciplined and the fielders supported the bowlers after the Costessey pair had passed the 50 partnership heads seemed to start to drop and it looked as if the visitors were going to coast to victory.
Skipper Loines tried several different options without success until he brought opening bowler McCurley back on who took 2 wickets in his comeback over, eventually finishing with figures of 11.4-3-44-5
Although Melton took 5 wickets in their next 7 overs the result was probably never in doubt as Costessey reached their target with 5.2 overs left.
Melton bowled better than they have in previous weeks but the fact the batsmen haven’t scored enough runs in the last couple of games mean the bowlers have been up against it, next week they need to bounce back in both discipline’s and start to get back to winning ways.
Great Melton Innings
A. Alborough b. Smith 5, D. Loines c. Taylor b. Smith 23, N. Clarke b. Smith 1, S. Brett b. Horner 45, J. Moxon c. G. Taylor b. J. Taylor 17, G. Ducker c. Bottoms b. J. Taylor 15, M. Farmer c. Bottoms b. J. Taylor, C. Woolrich c. Horner b. J. Taylor 8, R. Hayward b. Foxcroft 12, J. McCurley not out 2, G. Coulson c. Pollard b. Horner 5
TOTAL 162 all out (Extras 4w, 5nb, 12b, 7lb)
C. Smith 12-6-19-3, D. Pollard 7-0-39-0, J. Taylor 12-1-44-4, S. Horner 9.3-4-36-2, B. Foxcroft 2-0-5-1
G. Taylor b. McCurley 16, L. Smith c. Brett b. McCurley 35, S. Silvester c. Moxon b. McCurley 55, M. Mather b. McCurley 16, A. Bottoms c. Woolrich b. McCurley 6, B. Foxcroft c. Ducker b. Hayward 4, S. Horner not out 10, J. Taylor not out 1
TOTAL 165- 6 (Extras 5w, 3nb, 11b, 3lb)
R. Hayward 12-0-54-1, J. McCurley 12-3-44-5, G. Coulson 8-3-21-0, C. Woolrich 5-1-19-0, N. Clarke 3-0-13-0