Great Melton C (25 points) beat Rollesby A (7 points) by 54 runs at Rollesby in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 6
Fawad Kaiser starred with the bat and Michael Farmer and Jake Mardell with the ball as Great Melton C maintained their bid for promotion with a 54-run victory at Rollesby. With the B Team game at Town Close surprisingly called off, the dropping of Kaiser and Farmer proved advantageous both to themselves and the team. Despite being asked to bat first on a damp wicket, Melton compiled a better-than-expected total of 192-8. Steve Clarke and Joey Greenslade put on fifty for the first wicket and, although Greenslade was ran out for just 5 he again showed remarkable composure for one so young. Clarke hit 40 and, when he departed, James Dorling and Fawad Kaiser continued to punish anything short. Dorling scored 29 but Kaiser was even more impressive, hitting 5 sixes in his 66. Steve Phoenix (10) and Graeme Button (10) scrambled a few runs at the end and, although Melton failed to reach 200, their score always looked competitive.
An excellent opening spell from the much-improved Kyle Mason and Jake Mardell saw Melton establish a firm grip on the match. Mardell had opener Payne stumped by Steve Clarke in his first over and he bowled a spell of 8-3-15-1. Mason also bowled well, conceding just 23 off his first 8 overs, and got the wicket of the dangerous Jimmy Catchpole, caught by Joe Bickel in the gully. Michael Farmer (6-1-11-3) then took the important wicket of opener A.Faikes (41) and followed up with two more plus a run out to remove the Rollesby middle order. Leo DeSalis (8-0-23-0) bowled well with little luck and J.Flett added to his 3 wickets in the Melton innings by scoring 52 not out. He took the home side to a third batting point but a wicket for Kaiser (6-1-16-1) and two in successive balls by the returning Mardell took Melton to the brink of victory. Joe Bickel took the final wicket in the 44th over to give Melton 25 points and keep them in 2nd place with just 2 games left, against Brisley and top-of-the-table Garboldisham.
Great Melton C
S.Clarke c.Faikes b.Catchpole 40, J.Greenslade Run Out 5, J.Dorling lbw Catchpole 29, F.Kaiser c.Faikes b.Barnden 66, M.Farmer Run Out 3, S.Phoenix b.Flett 10, G.Button b.Flett 10, J.Bickel Not Out 1, L.DeSalis b.Flett 4, J.Mardell Not Out 3, Extras 21. TOTAL (8 wickets) 192 (J.Flett 11-1-40-3, G.Barnden 12-2-54-1, M.Browning 6-0-30-0, J.Catchpole 12-2-26-2, L.Roffey 4-0-31-0)
A.Faikes lbw Farmer 41, J.Payne st.Clarke b.Mardell 0, J.Catchpole c.Bickle b.Mason 7, G.Barnden c.Phoenix b.Farmer 3, M.Hewitt c.Clarke b.Farmer 1, L.Roffey Run Out 16, J.Flett Not Out 52, M.Browning lbw Kaiser 2, R.Simnett b.Mardell 1, J.Thackray b.Mardell 0, M.Barnden c.Clarke b.Bickle 1, Extras 14. TOTAL 138 (K.Mason 10-1-36-1, J.Mardell 12-4-33-3, M.Farmer 6-1-11-3, L.DeSalis 8-0-23-0, F.Kaiser 6-1-16-1, J.Bickel 1.3-0-13-1)