Great Melton B (6) lost to St. Andrews (25) by 72 runs in Lucas Fettes Norfolk Cricket League Division Two.
Great Melton b travelled to St. Andrews looking to continue their winning streak only to be confronted at the start of the day with something more akin to a comedy sketch than a cricket field.
After one or two Melton’s players had a look at the wicket it soon became apparent, and was confirmed a short while later, that the wicket in fact was 24 yards in length 2 yards too long!!
After a short delay, re-marking the wicket, play got underway with Melton taking to the field and it was a perfect start as Rob Smith took the first wicket of the day bowling A. Scaly for 1.
The visitors kept things tight with Gary Coulson bowling in tandem with first Smith then Navin Sharma. Sharma playing his first match of the season, took the visitors second wicket with his pace and bounce too much for the home sides number 3 P. Parsons as he skied a short ball taken comfortably in the gully.
Melton failed to build on their excellent start as T. Quinton and G. Wright built a solid partnership of 79 until a moment of brilliance form Connor Stearman running out Quinton for 37 with a direct hit.
Melton’s celebrations were short lived as wright was joined by S. Warminger and they took the Melton attack apart putting on 80 in just ten overs.
Skipper Hughes rang the changes replacing Sharma with Kaiser and Coulson with Clarke, but with little success. Once again, after a short spell from Clarke, Sharma was brought back into the attack but after his first 2 overs back went for 25 it looked as if it was not going to happen for the visitors but then in his third over he bowled G. Wright with an excellent Yorker but the carnage continued.
Although Melton took three more wickets in the final 8 overs Warminger remained unbeaten and reached his century in the final over with the hosts reaching 248-6 from their 45 overs.
The visitor’s innings got off to the worst possible start as they lost both openers for 0 in the first over. The previous weeks batting hero Fawad Kaiser partnered by G. Ducker set about re-building the innings putting on 60 for the third wicket.
With Kaiser and Ducker looking set it was somewhat of a surprise when the former picked out the fielder in the deep, Ducker was joined by Loines at the crease looking to get his season up and running.
Loines got a start but when looking set, chipped one to a fielder and another one of Melton’s batsmen with little time in the middle in Neal Clarke, joined Ducker at the crease.
Although the scoreboard was ticking along wickets kept falling at crucial times and once Ducker fell for an excellent 48 it was left to Melton’s lower order to try and get as many batting points as possible but the innings fell away with one or two struggling with form or injury and the innings ended on 176 -9 well short of the victory target and short of another batting point.
St. Andrews Innings.
A.Scaly b. Smith 1, T. Quinton run out 37, P. Parsons ct Kaiser b. Sharma 12, G. Wright b. Sharma 64, S. Warminger 101*, W. Wright b. Kaiser 5, R. Nicholls b. Kaiser 5, C. Wright 6*. TOTAL 248-6 (17 extras). G. Coulson 12-2-27-0, R. Smith 5-2-22-1, N. Sharma 11-0-78-2, F. Kaiser 12-0-75-2, N. Clarke 5-0-37-0
Gt. Melton Innings.
S. Kapur b. Freestone 0, C. Stearman b. Freestone 0, F. Kaiser ct Bailey b. Wright 39, G. Ducker b. Bailey 48, D. Loines ct Warminger b. Quinton 23, N. Clarke st Hadley b. Bailey 20, J. Wimhurst Ret. Hurt 3*, L. Hughes ct Bailey b. Quinton 2, R. Smith ct G. Wright b. Bailey 2, N. Sharma ct C. Wright b. Freestone 18, G. Coulson 0*. TOTAL 176-9 (21 Extras). M. Freestone 8.1-2-46-3, W. Wright 10-2-27-1, A. Bailey 12-1-44-3, T. Quinton 10-0-42-2