Caister CC 221/4 (25pts) beat Great Melton B 106 ao (4pts) by 115 runs at Caister Rec
England’s Rugby squad managed to overcome the trials and tribulations of a mini tour to Argentina lacking up to 30 players to secure a famous 2-0 series win. Great Melton CC have been faced by a similar challenge this weekend, and whilst the captains have combined done a fantastic job in trying circumstances, the cupboard has been left almost bare, and results have suffered.
Facing unbeaten league leaders Caister, buoyed by their fine start to the summer, Melton’s 3rd string were always likely to face a tough task to halt their host’s progress and build on their own recent victories.
Losing the toss did not help.
Despite removing M Church’s leg stump bail in the 7th over with the score at 21, Melton’s bowlers had little early success. S Goodby (56) and P Brown (104*) compiled an excellent, watchful, partnership, with the occasional lusty blow, to move the score to 161, before the former found himself tied in knots by Lohit (2/39) and was bowled as he attempted a reverse sweep due to a lack of scoring options.
The young protégée was at it again at the start of his next over, cleaning up R Brown. De Salis (2/31) saw a dreadful leg side full toss duly bludgeoned to the wide open spaces for P Brown to bring up a thoroughly deserved ton, before a slower leg side Yorker slipped under the advancing P French’s bat for Steve Clarke to whip off the bails.
Dale Weston (0/33 off 10), Josh Wright (0/28 off 5) Craig Wilson (0/28 off 6) and Chris Wright (0/45 off 10) all bowled probing lines, but could not pierce the defences on a hard true deck.
Melton’s reply got off to possibly the worst of starts, with Steve Clarke edging onto his middle stump at the start of the 2nd over.
Eusha and Kai Wilkinson-Loines stuck around manfully for 15 overs putting on 33, but were allowed no width to free their arms and get the score board ticking. Eusha eventually struck a few into the leg side and moving his feet to play a couple of lovely inside out lofted drives over cover, nudged his way to a superbly crafted 58. No-one though was able to fully support him with the weight of runs needed, with only Leo (11) managing double figures.
Gareth Mottram (6) on debut, Josh Wright (7) and Dale Weston (7) all pitched in, but the task was too great, and even 120, and a 3rd batting point, was unachievable.
Much praise must to go Matt Rushton for getting 11 bodies to the ground to play, and to Chris Wright (barbecue), Kannan Kupperusamy (chauffer and fielder) and Gareth Mottram for joining the fray. We can but hope that availability is stronger for next week’s basement match vs Cringleford.