GREAT MELTON C (23 points) beat HALES & LODDON A (5 points) by 5 wickets at Hales Green in the Norfolk League Division 3
Good bowling by Fawad Kaiser and Craig Woolrich turned around Great Melton C’s game against Hales & Loddon on Saturday. After Hales skipper Steve Stacey had elected to bat, things looked bleak for Melton as opening pair Milton Lindsey and Matt Whiting took the score to 90 without loss. Simon Carding tried Marcus Mawby and Sam Carding as well as himself and Woolrich but was unable to find a breakthrough and, at drinks, Melton were looking ragged in the field and erratic with the ball. However, a change of ends for Woolrich and the introduction of Fawad led to a straighter line from the bowlers and a sharpness in the fielding. With more control on the scoring rate the pressure was on the batsmen and, when Whiting was trapped lbw by Fawad for 42, it began a collapse that saw Hales lose 9 wickets in securing a final total of 158. Woolrich eventually had Lindsey (31) stumped off Steve Clarke’s pads and wickets fell regularly as Fawad (12-4-28-4) and Woorich (10-0-26-3) both returned impressive figures. Kyle Mason weighed in with 1-22 off his 6 overs as the Hales batsmen fell to a number of good catches and a Simon Carding direct-hit run out, with only Dave Redford (16 not out) showing any real resistance.
From looking, at drinks, as if they might have to chase 200 plus, Melton were relieved to only be facing 158 on a wicket of unpredictable bounce and Simon Woolridge, in a rare appearance, made a quick 20 before playing back to a ball that stayed low and was bowled. Steve Clarke, still struggling to time the ball, hung around but Woody Loines came in to play a gem of an innings, his 49 in even time taking Melton to 107 by the 22nd over. There were a few hiccups as Loines went one short of a deserved fifty followed by Woolrich (1), Rob Smith (11) and Steve Phoenix (1), the last two both to miscues that spooned up into the air, but Clarke batted through the 38 overs for his 44 and Fawad (8 not out) finished the game in style with 2 boundaries. Young off-spinner Charlie Duffield (12-3-26-3) was most impressive for Hales while another youngster, Ben Turner (7-1-17-1) also bowled well but Melton’s win keeps them third in the table behind Garboldisham and Costessey while Hales remain rooted to the bottom.
Hales & Loddon A
M.Lindsey st.Clarke b.Mason 31, M.Whiting lbw Kaiser 42, C.Montague b.Woolrich 0, S.Stacey c.Sam Carding b.Kaiser 10, C.Duffield c.Phoenix b.Kaiser 0, J.Buckingham Run Out 8, P.Dye c.Simon Carding b.Kaiser 8, D.Redford Not Out 16, R.Cook c.Mawby b.Woolrich 0, B.Turner b.Woolrich 0, M.Buckingham Not Out 3, Extras 40. TOTAL (9 wickets) 158 (M.Mawby 5-0-26-0, Simon Carding 7-1-20-0, Sam Carding 5-0-28-0, C.Woolrich 10-0-26-3, F.Kaiser 12-4-28-4, K.Mason 6-2-22-1)
Great Melton C
S.Clarke Not Out 44, S.Wooldridge b.Redford 20, D.Loines c.Stacey b.Duffield 49, C.Woolrich st.Stacey b.Duffield 1, R.Smith c.Buckingham b.Duffield 11, S.Phoenix c.Stacey b.Turner 1, F.Kaiser Not Out 8, Extras 25. TOTAL (5 wickets) 159 (D.Redford 12-2-68-1, B.Turner 7-1-17-1, C.Duffield 12-3-26-3, G.Montague 3-0-23-0, R.Cook 3.4-0-13-0)