Great Melton A (22 Points) beat Aldborough (5) by Six Wickets at Melton Park in Frankly Digital Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Five
M Cramp b Bettridge 13
P Watson b D Bunn 15
T Allan b D Bunn 0
A Youngman b Bettridge 16
C De Lucci b D Bunn 0
J Buxton c Woods b Bettride 1
T Hawes b L Whiddett 15
S Cannon b Godbold 43
R Smith b Godbold 30
R Fisher Not Out 7
A Moakes Not Out 1
Total (9 Wickets, 46 Overs) 151
I Bettridge 12-5-21-3, D Bunn 12-2-35-3, L Whiddett 8-0-22-1, R Sims 7-0-34-0, J Howard 3-0-26-0, D Godbold 4-1-9-2
Great Melton A:
J Whiddett b Cramp 28
M Bunn c Smith b De Lucci 14
M Clarke Not Out 80
J Howard lbw b Smith 0
G Bunn b Moakes 18
L Whiddett Not Out 8
Total (4 Wickets, 39.2 Overs) 152
T Allan 0.1-0-0-0, A Moakes 8.2-2-43-0, C De Lucci 11.5-4-18-1, T Hawes 10-2-48-0, R Smith 5-0-21-1, M Cramp 4-1-20-1
A brilliant opening spell of bowling from Ian Bettridge and David Bunn was decisive as Great Melton A went back to the top of Division Five with a crushing six wicket win over promotion rivals Aldborough.
There was little sign of the drama to unfold after Lee Whiddett won the toss and inserted the visitors. Opening batsmen Cramp and Watson, the latter in particular looking in good touch, made a decent start on a flat Melton Park wicket, taking the score to 24-0 from 8 overs.
From there, Melton took a grip on proceedings as four wickets fell in 3 overs. Bunn grabbed the key wicket of Watson (15) and Bettridge then castled Cramp (13). In Bunn’s next over he re-arranged Troy Allan’s stumps for a duck and then cleaned up De Lucci (0) to leave Aldborough reeling at 34-4 in 16 overs.
Bettridge (12-5-21-3) then dismissed Youngman (16) and Buxton (1), the latter to a fine diving grab by Simon Woods, taking the score to 55-6 in 23 overs.
Lee Whiddett (8-0-22-1) and Rob Sims (7-0-34-0) then came on and during the middle overs Aldborough looked to slowly rebuild. Cannon (43) and Smith (30) grew in confidence and began to attack Sims and then Jonny Howard (3-0-26-0) and it took the introduction of Daryl Godbold (4-1-9-2) to snuff out any hopes of a competitive total as he dismissed both batsmen, leaving the last pair to see out the overs, Aldborough closing on a paltry 151-9.
Aldborough were then dealt a disastrous blow as skipper Troy Allan injured his back bowling the first ball of the Melton innings and was forced to leave the field. Jason Whiddett (28) and Martin Bunn (14) gave a solid platform of 40-0 from 14 overs before Bunn hit a skyer to Smith at mid-off. Whiddett then missed a full-toss and Jonny Howard (0) was trapped in front by Smith and, with Matt Clarke playing and missing regularly the hosts looked a little uncomfortable at 74-3 from 27 overs.
However, once Clarke passed 30 and was joined by George Bunn, the pattern of play began to change as the batsmen grew in confidence and attacked the change bowlers. Clarke began to hit the ball very well and with Bunn (18) playing a couple of sumptuous drives the pair added 58 in just 8 overs to leave Melton 136-4 in 35 overs and cruising to victory.
Lee Whiddett (8no) joined Clarke to knock the final runs off and the skipper stroked the winning runs with a boundary through backward square leg, leaving Clarke unbeaten on 80 in an innings containing 14 fours.
The win sets up a mouth-watering top of the table clash with Rocklands at Melton Park next Saturday.