GREAT MELTON B (25 points) beat HAPPISBURGH (6 points) by 71 runs at Town Close in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 2
The B team delivered a comprehensive and polished performance to complete a season double over Happisburgh at Town Close School. With the sun shinning (for once) Melton lost he toss and Happisburgh had no hesitation in electing to bowl first on a damp wicket. Melton’s father and son opening pair, Steve & Neal Clarke, batted well against a strong opening attack to see Melton through the first 12 overs before Neal Clarke (9) was out looking to accelerate the run rate, thereafter a 74 run partnership between Steve Clarke (60) and Eusha Fawad (21) took Melton to 106 – 2 off 30 overs. With wickets in hand the last 15 overs yielded a further 66 runs with excellent contributions from George Ducker (14) and fifteen year old Craig Woolrich with a key 25 not out including 11 of the last over. On a wicket that no batsman never really felt in on and with a slow outfield 172 was a very challenging and ultimately unassailable total.
After a fine Clarke family tea Happisburgh started their reply and got of to a steady start. However, disciplined seam bowling from Gary Coulson (2-26), Tom Smith (0-22) and Ryan Hayward (2-30) restricted the run rate. However star of the bowling show was Chris Wright making his B team debut this season who took 5-20 from 12 overs, backed up by excellent ground fielding, catching and wicket keeping. Happisburgh were finely all out in the 37th over for 101.
Also I must make mention that all eleven players attended the fines session after the game which completed an excellent day for the B team at Town Close before many players headed back to Melton Park for further refreshment.
Great Melton B
S Clarke ct Wilson b Jeary 60, N Clarke ct Huckle b Howe 9, E Fawad run out 21, T Wyatt ct Dennis b Jeary 7, G Ducker ct Huckle b Jeary 14, R Hayward lbw b Jeary 0, D Bunn b M Wooleston 2, C Woolrich not out 26, T Smith ct M Woolston b 5. C Wright not out 0, extras 28 total 172-9. (C Wilson 10-3-26-0, M Woolston 9-1-35-2, P Dennis 4-0-21-0, S Howe 9-31-22-2, P Jeary 9-2-19-3, P Ames 2-027-0, C Allen 2-0-9-0)
Luxman ct Hayward b Wright 12, J Woolston ct Woolrich b Coulson 28, J Langford b Wright 2, C Allen ct Ducker b Coulson 1, P Ames b Hayward 11, C Wilson b Wright 9, D Jeary run out 6, R Huckle ct Woolrich b Wright 8, P Dennis stumped S Clarke b Wright 1, S Howe not out 2, M Woolston b Hayward 10 extras 11 total 101 all out (G Coulson 12-2-26-2, T Smith 6-1-22-0, C Wright 12-4-20-5, R Hayward 6.5-0-30-2)