Great Melton 200 / 6 (26pts) beat St Andrews 137 / ao (6pts) by 63 runs at Town Close in the Norfolk League Division 2E
Great Melton signed off their home league programme at Town Close with a comprehensive victory over 2nd placed St Andrews on Saturday.
The visitors’ opening bowlers looked to make the host’s decision to bat first a mistake, as only 10 runs were conceded off the opening 10 overs. Ryan Findlay (0/15 off 10) and Wayne Wright (1/21 off 10) proving extremely economical. Connor Stearman (29) patiently waited for anything loose thereafter, and duly punished it as the field remained tight. Once he and Steve Clarke (9) were back in the hutch with the score on 52, Melton needed a partnership to settle the nerves.
Eusha (66) and Dave Long (40) making his home debut were initially circumspect in their approach as they slowly but surely subdued the opposition ‘chat’, and set about building a match winning score. Though becalmed with a string of singles in the forties, the young Welsh protégé launched a huge six over mid wicket to bring up his second half century of the month.
Their 106 run stay at the crease was perfect and was only broken by a brilliant caught and bowled by Julian Denton (1/23) to dismiss Long. A series of run outs inevitably followed in the scramble to post 200, including Aslam for 19, with Fawad Snr (5) scampering a 3 in support of Tony Alborough (9), to reach the target.
Aslam,(4/15) who has made such a significant contribution all season, uprooted stumps and induced sharp catches, in his fiery spell. Eusha added to his catching tally with three more, which included a simple one off de Salis (2/44).
Joe Bickel (2/54) in his first proper bowling spell for nearly two years, had one wayward over, but bowled good, probing lines and produced prodigious turn to keep the batsmen at bay. He also took a very good steepling catch at mid off to remove Denton . Fawad (2/15) also ‘joined the party’ to see the back of Imran Mohammed (43). Dave Long also held on to one as St Andrews were left battered and bruised as Overstrand watched on following their win at Ketteringham Hall to secure the title.