GREAT MELTON C (6 points) lost to COLNEY (24 points) by 95 runs at Town Close School in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 5
Unbeaten Division 5 leaders Colney proved too strong for Melton C on Saturday and duly inflicted a first defeat at Town Close. Opener Dainty, dropped by Melton skipper, Mally Howard, early on, went on the anchor the Colney innings with an excellent 82 as the visitors saw off the early threat of Leo DeSalis and Stuart Wilson to provide a solid platform from which to accelerate. At drinks Colney were 77-1 but James Rouse with a stylish 68, Butcher (25) and Burrell (24) profited from some more wayward bowling later on as the visitors hit a mammoth 257-5, scoring 180 runs of the last 23 overs. Melton struggled for bowlers with Hayward unavailable and Smith promoted to the Bs but, although DeSalis kept things relatively tight with 2-36 off 11 and Wilson bowled well early on he went for 51 off his last 4 overs. Freddie Burgess (1-39) and Alex Holden (1-42) took their first wickets for Melton but at some cost as, DeSalis apart, all the bowlers went for around 6-an-over and there were 28 wides and no balls!
257 was a big total to chase and Melton got off to the worst possible start when Howard was dismissed in the first over for 4. Burgess (11) and Steve Clark (13) soon followed and, although Tony Alborough and John Moxon took the score to 106 with a partnership of 62, by the time Moxon was out for 29, Melton were well behind the run rate. Alborough ensured a 4th batting point with a stubborn unbeaten 64 as Melton’s innings finished on 162-6. Colney were a solid outfit and good value for their victory but, as always with the C team, fortunes will undoubdtedly improve as the season progresses and availability is better.
Dainty c.Alborough b.Frazer 82, Whitworth st.Clarke b.Burgess 4, Butcher c.Clarke b.Holden 25, Rouse Not Out 68, Burrell lbw DeSalis 24, Stock lbw DeSalis 5, Pask Not Out 12, Extras 37. TOTAL (5 wickets) 257 (S.Wilson 11-0-76-0, L.DeSalis 11-2-36-2, F.Burgess 7-0-39-1, A.Holden 6-0-42-0, J.Bickel 5-0-28-0, K.Frazer 5-0-27-0)
Great Melton C
S.Clarke c.Smith b.Peck 13, M.Howard c.Butcher b.Peck 4, F.Burgess c.Stock b.Peck 11, A.Alborough Not Out 64, J.Moxon Not Out 29, S.Phoenix b.Rouse 6, J.Bickel Run Out 0, K.Frazer c.Butcher b.Stock 9, L.DeSalis Not Out 4, Extras 22. TOTAL (6 wickets) 162 (Peck 12-3-29-3, Rouse 10-0-28-1, Wintle 12-1-30-1, Smith 4-0-31-0, Whitworth 4-0-11-0, Stock 3-0-21-0)