GREAT MELTON C (7 points) lost to EATON (25 points) by 5 wickets at CNS School in the Norfolk League Division 3
Like the A Team at Rocklands, Melton C had a bad day with the bat against old rivals Eaton, setting a target of just 95 for their hosts to chase. It was never enough and, despite a fine performance from Viv Sharma who returned bowling figures of 8-2-17-3, Eaton got home with 4 overs to spare.
With rain threatening skippers John Chilvers and Simon Carding agreed the game should be reduced to 30 overs per side and, despite losing the toss and being asked to bat, Melton openers Woody Loines and Eusha Fawad began promisingly enough. 26 runs came off the first 7 overs and the pair looked in little trouble until Loines lofted a catch to Clark for 18. Thereafter it became a procession of batsmen back to the scoring table (no pavilion!) as Sharma (4), Ben Carding (3), Eusha Fawad (24), Fawad Kaiser (4), Aimee Palmer (1), Connor White (5) and Rob Smith (5) were all dismissed by some accurate bowling from Luke Billington and Dominic Clark. The fact that there were only 30 overs and the Eaton bowlers got through them quickly seemed to induce some injudicious shots from the Melton batsmen who sensed the overs slipping away and the likelihood of a non-competitive total. Apart from Loines and Eusha Fawad, Steve Phoenix (10) was the only other Melton batsman to reach double figures as Melton were restricted to just 95-9 with Billington (3-18) and Clark (3-15) returning similar figures from their 7 overs.
Melton got an early breakthrough when Michael Barker (16) chopped a ball from Rob Smith onto his stumps and when Sharma bowled Clarke (4) Eaton were 22-2. Sam Butcher and Matt Duke steadied the ship but some hostile bowling from Sharma made life difficult for the batsmen. The score edged past 50 before Sharma removed Duke (13) and Neal Barker (0) both well-caught by stand-in wicketkeeper Woody Loines. It gave Melton hope but Butcher took few chances and, with Chambers (9) inched Eaton closer to the Melton total. Eighth bowler Aimee Palmer came on to bowl Chambers with her second ball but Butcher’s unbeaten 32 proved decisive and Eaton won with 4.3 overs to spare.
Great Melton C
D.Loines c.Clark b.Vincent 18, E.Fawad b.Clark 24, V.Sharma b.Vincent 4, B.Carding b.Massingham 3, F.Kaiser c. b.Billington 4, A.Palmer c.Chambers b.Clarke 1, C.White c. & b. Billington 5, S.Phoenix c.Chambers b. Billington 10, R.Smith c. & b. Clark 5, S. Carding Not Out 5, S.Wilson Not Out 2, Extras 14. TOTAL (9 wickets) 95 (G.Vincent 8-0-30-2, N.Massingham 8-3-21-1, L.Billington 7-1-18-3, D.Clark 7-1-15-3)
D.Clark b.Sharma 4, M.Barker c.Sharma b.Smith 16, S.Butcher Not Out 32, M.Duke c.Loines b.Sharma 13, N.Barker c.Loines b.Sharma 0, O.Chambers b.Palmer 9, G.Crowe Not Out 4, Extras 21. TOTAL (5 wickets) 99 (S.Wilson 2-1-7-0, R.Smith 2-0-14-1, V.Sharma (8-2-17-3), B.Carding 2.3-0-12-0, F.Kaiser 4-0-13-0, S.Carding 4-0-13-0, C.White 2-0-5-0, A.Palmer 1-1-0-1)