Great Melton C (25 points) beast Brisley (5 points) by 107 runs at Town Close House School in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 6
Melton C scored 165 and bowled Brisley out for just 58 to earn revenge for their defeat at Brisley earlier in the season and maintain their push for promotion with a fifth successive victory. Having lost the toss and been asked to bat on a wicket made damp by constant drizzle during the morning, skipper Steve Phoenix may have feared the worst with the score at 15-3 and Dorling (8), Moxon (2) and Kaiser (0) back in the pavilion. However, Steve Clarke showed excellent concentration and application on a slow but unpredictable track and his 46 was the backbone of the innings. Others batted around him with Kevin Frazer (21), Nav Sharma (18), Phoenix (13) and Michael Farmer (13) all chipping in some valuable runs before a 9th wicket stand of 32 between Jake Mardell (9 not out) and Leo DeSalis (17 not out) took Melton to a 45-over total of 165-8, which the skipper felt was very defendable. A.Greef was Brisley’s best bowler with 4-45 from his 12 overs.
After tea, with the wicket drying out, Melton’s varied bowling attack were quick to exploit the inadequacies of the Brisley batsmen in coping with the slowness or the bounce of the wicket. Mardell and Kyle Mason removed both openers inside 3 overs and, although R.Steele showed some resistance with a mainly leg-side 28, none of the other Brisley batsmen showed the necessary application. A rising ball from Mardell accounted for dangerman Shoesmith courtesy of a tumbling catch from wicket-keeper Clarke and wickets tumbled in quick succession after that as Phoenix used 5 bowlers to good effect. From 54-4 the visitors were dismissed for 58 in 19 overs with Mardell (6-1-17-3) doing much of the early damage with Mason (4-0-25-1) and Farmer (5-2-7-2), DeSalis (3-2-1-2) and Fawad Kaiser (0.4-0-2-2) completing the victory. As has become customary, the visitors trooped off complaining about the wicket as Melton celebrated their 6th victory in 6 home matches!
Great Melton C
S.Clarke c.Greef b. Shoesmith 46, J.Dorling lbw Greef 8, J.Moxon c. Kay b.Greef 2, F.Kaiser c.Steele b.Greef 0, K.Frazer c.Nash b. Greef 21, N.Sharma c.Bush b.Nash 18, S.Phoenix c.Steele b.Shoesmith 13, M.Farmer c. & b.Kay 13, J.Mardell Not Out 9, L.DeSalis Not Out 17, Extras 18. TOTAL (8 wickets) 165 (R.Steele 7-2-15-0, A.Greef 12-1-45-4, J.Nash 5-0-28-1, S.Shoesmith 11-0-47-2, S.Kay 10-2-19-1)
D.Steele c.Sharma b.Mason 4, J.Nash c.Fawad b.Mardell 4, R.Steele c.Clarke b.DeSalis 28, S.Shoesmith c.Clarke b.Mardell 4, A.Greef c. & b. Mardell 0, S.Kay b.Farmer 2, G.Spencer lbw DeSalis 4, E.Savage c.Dorling b.Farmer 1, O.Cook Not Out 0, A.Steele c.Sharma b.Kaiser 0, T.Bush b.Kaiser 0, Extras 11. TOTAL 58 (K.Mason 4-0-25-1, J.Mardell 6-1-17-3, M.Farmer 5-2-7-2, L.DeSalis 3-2-1-2, F.Kaiser 0.4-0-2-2)