Great Melton C (3 points) lost to North Elmham (25 points) by 7 wickets at North Elmham in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 6
Despite fielding what looked like their strongest batting line-up of the season, Great Melton C, were bowled out for just 84 and slipped to their third defeat. All have come away from home but this was easily the worst performance. With players dropping down from the B team, skipper Mally Howard had no hesitation in choosing to bat having won the toss and Steve Clarke and George King made a solid-looking start until a bizarre mix-up led to Clarke being run out for 7. James Dorling was then bowled first ball by Websdale and Melton were 17-2. King and Jon Moxon took the score to 44 before Moxon was bowled by Grant King for 9 then Howard (0) and George King (18) both fell without addition to the score. Suddenly Melton were 44-5. They never recovered and, despite some brave hitting at the end from Kyle Mason (16), Melton’s innings ended disappointingly in the 34th over. Grant King (12-6-17-3), I.Sinclair (6-3-14-3) and Roy Websdale (11-4-17-2) all kept it simple for Elmham, bowling full and straight and relying on the inadequacies of the batsmen and a little bit of variable bounce.
Melton’s only hope was to to do the same and Howard attempted to pressurise the North Elmham batsman with fielders round the bat but, unfortunately, Melton’s bowlers did not show quite the same discipline. Tom Smith kept things relatively tight and Joe Bickel removed J.White (17) in the over before tea but, by then, Elmham had scored 39 off 12 overs. King hit two big sixes in his 23 and, although Leo DeSalis benefited from a change of ends and took 2-21, S.Malherbe’s 35 not out saw Elmham to a convincing win in the 21st over. It was a poor all-round performance from Melton who will be hoping to get back to winning ways after a month that has seen two blank weekends and two disappointing defeats. Strangely, only one match this season – at Felthorpe – has gone the distance, with all the others ending early.
Great Melton C
S.Clarke Run Out 7, G.King b.Sinclair 18, J.Dorling b.Websdale 0, J.Moxon b.King 9, M.Howard c. wk b.King, S.Phoenix b.Sinclair 5, G.Button c. b.Websdale 9, J.Bickel b.Sinclair 4, K.Mason b.Keeble 16, T.Smith Not Out 0, Extras 13. TOTAL 84 (R.Websdale 11-4-17-2, A.Keeble 4.5-0-33-1, G.King 12-6-17-3, I.Sinclair 6-3-14-3)
S.Malherbe Not Out 35, J.White b.Bickel 17, G.King b.DeSalis 23, J.Olivier c.Dorling b.DeSalis 4, R.Websdale Not Out 0, Extras 6 TOTAL (3 wickets) 85 (L.DeSalis 5-0-21-2, T.Smith 5-0-13-0, K.Mason 4.2-1-18-0, J.Bickel 4-1-16-1, S.Phoenix 2-0-15-0)