Great Melton C (4 points) lost to Garboldisham B (23 points) by 8 wickets at Garboldisham in the Lucas & Fetts Norfolk League Division 5.
Melton C’s first game in Division 5, following 2 successive promotions, resulted in a fairly comprehensive defeat against last season’s Division 6 winners, Garboldisham B. On a cold afternoon, after a promising opening, Melton were outplayed. Garboldisham skipper Stuart Taylor had no hesitation in asking Melton to bat after winning the toss and it proved a wise decision. Steve Clarke (31) and Toby Wyatt (23) added 53 for the first wicket to give Melton a solid start but it was all downhill after that! Young off spinner Cameron Olpin produced a devastating spell of 5-21 in his 10 overs to rip out Melton’s middle order and, from 75-2 at drinks Melton struggled to 131-9 with Leo DeSalis (15 not out) adding a few runs with the tail. J.Paul (2-14) and P.Carr (1-21) were the other wickettakers.
Although someway short of the 150 target Melton skipper Mally Howard had hoped for, he still felt his side in with a chance if they could bowl full and straight. Unfortunately they couldn’t and opener D.Moon profited, hitting a succession of loose deliveries to the boundary as he raced to 55. DeSalis was the only Melton bowler to show any sort of control returning decent figures of 7.2-1-21-2. Some powerful hitting from P.Morgan (44 not out) saw the home side to a comfortable victory with 8 wickets and 21 overs to spare.
Great Melton C
S.Clarke lbw Olpin 31, T.Wyatt c.Baker b.Carr 23, J.Bickel c.L.Taylor b.Olpin 2, M.Howard c.Goodman b.Paul 0, T.Hales Run Out 10, D.Hayward st. L.Taylor b.Olpin 8, G.Button c.S.Taylor b.Olpin 8, S.Phoenix b.Olpin 2, L.DeSalis Not Out 15, S.Wilson b.Paul 4, A.Holden Not Out 1, Extras 27. TOTAL (9 wickets) 131. (P.Morgan 5-1-15-0, H.Goodman 5-0-22-0, P.Carr 7-0-21-1, J.Paul 9-4-14-2, T.Fiddler 3-1-17-0, C.Olpin 10-0-21-5, S.Taylor 6-1-14-0)
D.Moon c.Phoenix b.DeSalis 55, L.Taylor c.Wyatt b.DeSalis 4, P.Morgan Not Out 44, P.Baker Not Out 4, Extras 23. TOTAL (2 wickets) 132 (D.Hayward 3-0-22-0, A.Holden 4-0-15-0, S.Wilson 4-1-18-0, L.DeSalis 7.2-1-21-2, J.Bickel 3-0-24-0, S.Phoenix 2-0-26-0)