Great Melton B (26pts) beat Overstrand (6pts) by 68 runs in Norfolk League Division Two.
On the hottest day of the summer stand in skipper Gary Coulson had no hesitation in batting first on a hard looking wicket after winning the toss.
After a steady opening partnership of 40 between father and son Steve and Neal Clarke the latter was dismissed for 8. Toby Wyatt joined Clarke at the crease and it was to be a fruitful partnership.
Wyatt started positively with his first four scoring shots were 4, 4, 4, 6 and this was set to continue as the Overstrand bowlers toiled in the heat.
The pair added 115 in just 17 overs with Wyatt at his destructive best and as Clarke was bowled for a well made 62 the score was on 155-2. Eusha Fawad came and went second ball for a duck, Wyatt followed soon after for an excellent 73 which included 8 fours and 5 sixes and it looked as if the home side’s innings was stalling on 157-4 having been 155-1.
With Jon Moxon and Fawad Kaiser now at the crease the pair looked to be positive and push Melton’s total nearer 200 and beyond
As the overs passed the Overstrand bowlers became more wayward and both Moxon and Kaiser found the boundaries regularly, whilst also running well and picking up singles and two’s pushing the rate above 6 an over and putting on 46 in the process.
Kaiser was dismissed for 21 then Mardell made a quick 8 before being caught and Adam Thompson (5*) and Moxon (33*) finishing the innings unbeaten with the score finishing on 224-6.
After the tea break Melton took to the field looking to take early wickets and they got the start they wanted as Adam Thompson had Overstrand opener Reedman caught at backward point by Jake Mardell with his 4th ball. R. West followed soon after to leave the visitors on 10-2.
Then came a good partnership of 52 between C. Rogers and P.Parkin until skipper Coulson brought Mardell into the attack and he bowled Parkin with his first ball. With Neal Clarke replacing the unusually scatter gun McCurley, after a rusty first over he had Rogers stumped by Steve Clarke in his second leaving the visitors struggling on 71-4.
Mardell continued to bowl with excellent control and got his reward as he had M. A.mm caught at mid off by Adam Thompson, Clarke then had G. Zelos caught at mid off by Mardell to leave the score on 101-6.
With Clarke struggling for rhythm Joe Bickel was brought on and bowled an excellent spell having Furlong caught well in the deep by Eusha Fawad and with Adam Thompson returning at the other end, taking another wicket to take his personal tally to 3 and the total 148-8.
After Thompson finished his excellent spell of 12-3-31-3 Mardell returned and as in his first spell he took a wicket with his first delivery to finish the innings off for Melton B
Melton B finishing their home fixtures with an excellent all round performance and go into their final game away to Felthorpe looking to cement thier 2nd consecutive 3rd place finish in the league.
Great Melton Innings
S. Clarke b. Reedman 62, N. Clarke st. Parkin b. Munday 8, T. Wyatt ct. Furlong b. Robinson 73, E. Fawad ct. Parkin b. Furlong 0, F. Kaiser b. Furlong 21, J. Moxon 33*, J. Mardell ct. Parkin b. Robinson 8, A. Thompson 5* TOTAL 224-6 (14 extras). K. Robinson 12-1-61-1, C. Furlong 10-1-41-1, M. Amm 6-0-29-0, S. Munday 9-2-29-1, T. Reedman 9-0-47-1
R. West b. Thompson 2, T. Reedman ct. Mardell b. Thompson 2, C. Rogers st. S. Clarke b. N. Clarke 39, P. Parkin b. Mardell 15, M. Amm ct. A. Thompson b. Mardell 14, G. Zelos ct. Mardell b. N. Clarke 15, L. West 25*, C. Furlong ct. E. Fawad b. Bickel 18, M. Jackson b. Thompson 0, S. Munday run out 1, K. Robinson b. Mardell. TOTAL 156 all out (25 extras). G. Coulson 5-0-26-0, A. Thompson 12-3-31-3, J. McCurley 3-0-18-0, J. Mardell 6.1-2-16-3, N. Clarke 4-0-27-2, J. Bickel 7-1-34-1