Great Melton C (7 points) lost to Felthorpe A (26 points) by 6 wickets at Felthorpe in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 6
Despite an excellent 98 not out by Graeme Button that enabled Melton C to post a total of 259, Felthorpe A chased it down to win an exciting match with just two balls to spare. Button’s knock came after Melton, invited to bat, lost Mally Howard (19), Steve Clarke (3) and Steve Phoenix (1) in quick succession. Kevin Frazer provided some much-needed resistance with his first half-century for the club and young Craig Woolrich hit some fine shots in his 23 but it was Button who played the innings of his long career. His previous best score in 15 years as a Great Melton player was 46 and this was eclipsed with a four to bring up his 50. In total he hit 21 fours as he neared his maiden century but he was robbed of his big moment when last man Stuart Wilson spooned a catch to mid-off with an over to spare.
On a small ground even 260 is not always a winning total and Melton needed to bowl and field well. Daniel Hayward and Wilson opened the bowling and Hayward had a good shout for a catch behind in his third over but Richard Edwards survived. The opening 10 overs saw only one single and a two scored but there were 14 boundaries as Edwards and Julian Dismore were quick to punish anything short. The introduction of Craig Woolrich into the attack brought the dismissal of Edwards, lbw for 47 but Dismore did not depart until the score had moved to 148 – and then reluctantly despite a clear snick behind off Frazer. Dismore had scored 64. Carpenter and T.Stoneman, however, took the Felthorpe score past 200 and the game seemed to have slipped away from Melton. The re-introduction of Woolrich, however, nearly turned things around. He bowled 2 maiden overs before trapping Carpenter lbw for 52, then he bowled Stoneman for 32 leaving Felthorpe still needing 16 to win off the last 2 overs. Savage then hit the first 2 balls of the punultimate over for four and, by the time Woolrich came to bowl the final over 5 runs were needed. Two dots and a a 2 kept the result in the balance but the fourth ball was driven through the covers to give the home side victory.
It was a disappointing first defeat for the Cs especially after Button’s and Frazer’s efforts with the bat. Woolrich (10.4-2-40-3) bowled well but the rest of the bowling and the fielding was not quite up to the high standards set in the first three matches. There were too many ‘four balls’ and misfields which, in the end gave the home side too many easy runs. Credit to Feltorpe, though. They batted well.
Great Melton C
S.Clarke b.N.Stoneman 3, M.Howard c.Leak b.Sicklemore 19, S.Phoenix c.Sicklemore b.Doyle 1, K.Frazer b.Leak 58, M.Farmer b.Sicklemore 0, G.Button Not Out 98, C.Woolrich b.Edwards 23, J.Bickel Run Out 6, D.Hayward b.Edwards 9, L.DeSalis b.Doyle 6, S.Wilson c.Stoneman b.Sicklemore 0, Extras 36. TOTAL 259 (N.Stoneman 12-1-54-1, E.Doyle 10-0-47-2, D.Sicklemore 11-1-67-3, M.Leak 6-0-44-0, R.Eadwards 5-0-27-2)
R.Eadwards lbw Woolrich 47, J.Dismore c.Clarke b.Frazer 64, G.Carpenter lbw Woolrich 52, T.Stoneman b.Woolrich 32, S.Walls Not Out 10, J.Savage Not out 17, Extras 32. TOTAL (4 wickets) 260 (D.Hayward 5-0-37-0, S.Wilson 5-1-26-0, C.Woolrich 10-4-2-40-3, M.Farmer 3-0-26-0, L.DeSalis 7-0-32-0, K.Frazer 11-0-61-1, J.Bickel 3-0-26-0)