Great Melton C (5 points) lost to Brisley (25 points) by 6 wickets at Brisley in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 6
Melton C have enjoyed a very good season so far but, on Saturday at Brisley, they produced their worst display of the summer. The home side outbowled, outfielded and outbatted an out-of-sorts Melton to record a deserved 6-wicket victory. With Mally Howard on holiday, stand-in skipper Steve Phoenix lost the toss and Melton were asked to bat. Steve Clarke and Ed Allen (18) gave them a solid start and, despite the loss of Allen and Tom Hunter (7), Melton moved smoothly to 82-2 at drinks – a solid enough platform with Kevin Frazer (37) going well. In the over after drinks, however, the patient Clarke was dismissed for 23 and Frazer and Button (4) soon followed. Simon Brett, batting well for his 43, and Steve Phoenix (11) took Melton to 142-5 with 6 overs left but Steve Kay (4-32) and J.Nash (3-17) then brought about a collapse that saw Melton bowled out for a below-par 157.
It needed a disciplined bowling and fielding performance if Melton were to restrict the home side but, apart from Kyle Mason (6-3-15-0) and Tom Smith (8-3-20-3), Melton’s bowlers were unable to demostrate any real control. They were not helped by a series of dropped catches. Phoenix couldn’t hold on to a very difficult chance offered by Shoesmith off the 2nd ball he faced and the Brisley number 3 was dropped on three further occasions. He made Melton pay as he scored 85, defending anything on the stumps and dispatching anything short to the boundary. Shoesmith and Nash (39) took Brisley close to victory and, although both were dismissed as Brisley closed in on victory, R.Steele hit the winning four in the 33rd over.
Great Melton C
S Clarke c. R Steele b. Kay 23, E Allen c. Fordham b. R Steele 18, T Hunter c. J Clarke b. Shoesmith 7, K Frazer lbw b.Kay 37, S Brett b. Nash 43, G Button b. Kay 4, S Phoenix b. Kay 11, J Bickel c. Fordham b. Nash 4, J Mellor c. Greef b. Nash 0, K Mason Not out 0, T Smith Run Out 1, Extras 8. Total 157 (R Steele 6-1-29-1, A Greef 11-1-31-0, S Shoesmith 12-2-46-1, S Kay 10-1-32-4, J Nash 4-0-17-3)
D Steele c & b. Smith 8, P Curl c. Clarke b. Brett 2, S Shoesmith lbw b. Smith 85, J Nash c. Hunter b. Allen 39, R Steele Not out 12, A Greef Not out 1, Extras 13. Total (4 wickets) 160 (K Mason 6-3-15-0, S Brett 4-0-27-1, T Smith 8-3-20-2, J Bickel 3-0-22-0, J Mellor 3-0-18-0, E Allen 4-0-29-1, K Frazer 4.2-0-23-0)