GREAT MELTON B (26 points) beat FELTHORPE (9 points) by 28 runs at Town Close in the Norfolk League Division 2
An explosive century from Kapila Liyanapathirana that included an amazing 11 sixes, enabled the B Team to end a disappointing season with a win and ensure there was clear breathing space between Liam Hughes’ side and the bottom two in Norfolk League Division 2. Kapila’s 123 came after Melton, having been asked to bat, found themselves struggling at 21-2 after 12 overs with Freddy Burgess (0) and Steve Clarke (9) both back in the pavilion. After taking 20 off the hitherto economical Marcus Leak’s 7th over, Kapila’s innings continued at what, for him, was a sedate pace until he found willing allies in, first, Simon Brett, then Eusha Fawad. Brett (32) played some fine shots in a partnership of 84 and Eusha was equally impressive in contributing 40 as he and Kapila put on 79 but no-one could match the Sri Lankan whose innings consisted entirely of singles and boundaries. One six cleared the trees and landed on the Norwich ring road while another produced the ‘champagne moment’ as Celia Phoenix leapt out from behind her car to catch the ball one-handed and prevent a broken windscreen, a piece of athleticism that earned her the applause of both teams! After Kapila was out, Liam Hughes (11), Connor Stearman (3) and Steve Phoenix (8) all perished in a late chase for runs as Melton totalled 267-9, Leak (3-33) and Grant (3-47) finishing with 3 wickets apiece for the visitors.
A good opening spell from Zef Ishtiaq brought the early wicket of Collard (4) as Felthorpe began their reply and Marcus Mawby’s raw pace troubled the batsmen but Julian Dismore and M.Norwell compiled a century partnership before Dismore was caught by Kapila of Fawad Kaiser for 53. Norwell also reached his half-century and, with Hutchinson adding 19 and Spicker hitting 2 sixes and 3 fours in a quick 28, Felthorpe passed 200 and still had an outside chance of winning. With the light fading fast, Hughes kept himself and Fawad Kaiser bowling and they kept getting wickets, in the end 3 apiece, as Felthorpe got further and further behind the required run rate. Both returned similar figures from their 12 overs, 3-63 for Fawad and 3-62 from Hughes. Brett (2-31) and Ishtiaq (2-32) returned to mop up the Felthorpe tail but the visitors ended on 239 all out, which represented a good effort at chasing Melton’s large total and brought them 9 points.
Melton, after a season that has seen a large turn-over of players and a struggle to field any sort of settled side, were pleased to finish with a maximum 26 points and ensure another season of Division 2 cricket.
Great Melton B
S.Clarke Run Out 9, F.Burgess lbw Leak 0, F.Kaiser b.Collard 10, K. Liyanapathirana b.Spicker 123, S.Brett st.Lofthouse b.Grant 32, E.Fawad st.Lofthouse b.Grant 40, L.Hughes b.Leak 11, C.Stearman st.Lofthouse b.Leak 3, S.Phoenix c. Norwell b.Grant 8, Extras 30. TOTAL (9 wickets) 267 (J.Spicker 12-1-53-2, M.Leak 12-4-33-3, B.Hutchinson 6-0-18-0, C.Collard 8-1-67-1, L.Grant 6-0-47-3, M.Norwell 4-0-29-0)
C.Collard b.Ishtiaq 4, J.Dismore c.Liyanapathirana b Kaiser 53, M.Norwell c.E.Fawad b.Kaiser 56, G.Carpenter lbw Hughes 2, R.Lofthouse b.Kaiser 4, B.Hutchinson c.Ishtiaq b.Hughes 19, J.Spicker c.E.Fawad b.Brett 28, M.Doyle b.Hughes 14, M.Leak c.& b.Brett 3, L.Grant b.Ishtiaq 12, S.pitcher Not Out 2, Extras 39, Total 239 (H.Ishtiaq 6.5-0-32-2, M.Mawby 6-0-24-0, S.Brett 8-0-31-2, C.Stearman 1-0-21-0, F.Kaiser 12-1-63-3, L.Hughes 12-1-62-3)