GREAT MELTON C (4 points) lost to RACKHEATH (26 points) by 108 runs at Costessey in the Norfolk League Division 3
Melton C were bowled out for just 72 on Saturday to go down heavily against Rackheath at Costessey, losing by 108 runs.
The match started well for Melton, winning the toss and putting Rackheath on a damp Costessey track. The signs were promising! Stuart Wilson 8-2-20-1 bowled well as did Zef Ishtaiq 9-2-25-1 and at the halfway point Rackheath were 49 for 1. However, with the wicket drying the tide started to turn and, although Fawad Kaiser (12-1-37-3) took wickets and produced chances Melton started to spurn some of these and the run rate increased. When S. O’Connor 47 joined the patient Chris Rymarz 27 Melton began to pay the price, dropping O’Connor twice early in his knock. Good spells from Connor White 5-2-11-1 and Aimee Palmer 5-1-19-1 put some restraint on the scoring but towards the end of the innings Fergus Hughes 2-0-19-0 and Rob Smith 4-0-26-2 received some lusty blows from the Rackheath batsmen who grew in confidence as the game progressed. At 180-7 Melton would have preferred a score nearer 140 but on a drying track. 180 did not seem unachievable but it would require some steady and sensible batting.
That, however, was not what was delivered. All of the ingredients were contained in an innings that was really a 34-over collapse. Some injudicious shots and a crazy run out meant that there were few positives to be taken. Connor White (16) and Fawad Kaiser (16) made double figures as did skipper Mally Howard (11) batting at number nine who found himself coming in at 56 for 7 in the 24th over! Unable to even reach a second batting point Melton have to regard this as a hard lesson learnt.