GREAT MELTON C (3 points) lost to COLNEY (26 points) by 131 runs at Town Close in the Norfolk League Division 4
Melton Cs 4-match winning run came to an end at Town Close with ‘bogey team’ Colney exposing Melton’s lack of batting on a day when Melton were well and truly outgunned. The visitors, batting first after winning the toss on another hot, sunny Saturday, made a commanding 241-3 before bowling out Melton for 110. Openers Jack Dainty (60) and Nick Butcher (20) put on 88 for the first wicket after surviving a torrid first 10 overs from Luke Marchant (5-2-6-0) and Daniel Hayward (5-1-13-0). Dainty gave a couple of chances but made the most of his good fortune before skipper Simon Carding bowled him in the 24th over. Butcher was out 5 overs later, bowled by David Bunn but, at 30-over drinks, the score was 122-2 with Carding and Bunn keeping the run rate under control. James Rouse and M.Burrell, however, upped the scoring rate over the final 15 overs with Emily Reay conceding 32 in her 2 overs. Rouse scored 79 before he was bowled by the returning Hayward but, with Burrell unbeaten on 41 and Holvey on 10, Colney had set a big score for Melton to chase and restricted them to just one batting point, although Marchant (8-2-28-0), Hayward (10-1-42-1), Simon Carding (10-1-37-1) and Bunn (7-0-25-1) all returned respectable bowling figures.
With the previous week’s batting heroes Tony Alborough and Joe Greenslade required by A and B Teams respectively, Melton needed a big innings from one of the senior players so it was a huge setback when Bunn (0) was caught behind first ball. Ben Carding (18) and Luke Marchant (15) looked good for a while but, when T.Stock came on to bowl, Melton slipped from 37-1 to 41-5. A 2nd failure by a senior player, Steve Phoenix gloving a catch to slip for a duck, didn’t help Melton’s cause, and they slumped to 55-7, Stock taking 5-24 as Reay (1), Hayward (3) and Sam Carding (10) joined their colleagues in the pavilion. Simon Carding (12) and Marcus Mawby (22) resisted for a while, their partnership of 42 Melton’s most productive of the match, and Chris Brook (8) showed some of Melton’s other batsmen how to defend but Melton were bowled out in the 34th over for a disappointing 110.
Despite the defeat a little bit of history was made as it was the first Melton team to include two female players, Hannah Brook and Emily Reay, and a father-daughter combination. In fact Hannah did a very competent job behind the stumps.
J.Dainty b.Simon Carding 60, N.Butcher b.Bunn 20, J.Rouse b.Hayward 79, M.Burrell Not Out 41, A.Holvey Not Out 10, Extras 31, TOTAL (3 wickets) 241 (L.Marchant 8-2-28-0, D.Hayward 10-1-42-1, M.Mawby 2-0-17-0, B.Carding 6-0-39-0, Simon Carding 10-1-37-1, D.Bunn 7-0-25-1, E.Reay 2-0-32-0)
Great Melton C
D.Bunn c.Butcher b.Smith 0, B.Carding c. & b. Stock 18, L.Marchant c.Butcher b.Stock 15, E.Reay b.Stock 1, S.Phoenix c.Holvey b.Stock 0, Sam Carding c.Dainty b.Stock 10, D.Hayward c.Rouse b.Hargreaves 3, Simon Carding Run Out 12, M.Mawby lbw Holvey 22, C.Brook Not Out 8, H.Brook c.Dainty b.Holvey 0, Extras 21. TOTAL 110 (C.Smith 5-0-30-1, T.Stock 10-3-24-5, T.Hargreaves 9-2-17-1, S.Peatman 5-0-27-0, S.Thompson 3-1-6-0, A.Holvey 1.2-1-0-2, S.Redman 1-0-4-0)