GREAT MELTON B (6 pts) lost FELTHORPE (26 pts) by 88 runs at FELTHORPE in the Norfolk League Division 2
Early morning Mizzle gave way to bright sunshine as Melton B wended their collective way cross country to the slope of Fethorpe’s tree-lined ground. A muggy, sultry air, coupled with a damp flat track, looking as lifeless as a hormonal teenager before midday, suggested bowling first as the coin calling option.
Hunt flicked, Hales called, and duly invited the hosts to bat first.
Gary Coulson and Leo de Salis, with a combined age to over 100, shared the new ball. Both specialists in the art of running in faster than they bowl, the experienced pair soon tied Felthorpe’s opening batsmen in proverbial knots. Coulson had Collard caught at first slip by Chris Elliott by a ball that just reached, whilst de Salis simply proved unplayable and unlucky, with two sharp chances spilled and gentle lobs going into gaps.
Safe in the knowledge they could get their pads in the way of anything straight, Doyle (15) and Hunt (30) endured the torrid first 20 overs, scoring at just above one run per over. Hunt then smashed Coulson through the soft hands of Eusha Fawad for four, before crashing another couple over the top to take the hosts to 44 at drinks. Leo conceded just 10 runs in his incredible 12 over spell.
By the 30th over, with change bowlers Jake Mardell and Tom Smith continuing the good early work, Felthorpe had scraped to 79, with the loss of both Doyle and Challandura (9) to Mardell.
Spicker’s (79) arrival at the crease changed the game dramatically, as 81 runs were hammered in the next 10 overs, and even after he was sensationally caught by Smith off Eusha– from a rare ball he pitched – Ridout (54) continued the onslaught with a further 61 runs scored off the final 5 overs.
Though Jake and Conner Stearman were the ones to suffer most, they did not bowl poorly, but were merely the recipients of brutal savagery.
Neal Clarke, resembling a Rococo Wardrobe in the field, declared himself fit to bat, and in partnership with Chris Elliott, rolled out his sleeping bag to bed in for the duration of Melton’s reply. A cautious first few overs became 22 off 10 as Neal, leaden footed, pulled Gill for 2 fours in succession through mid wicket.
Chris (12) was unfortunate to get a slow lifter from first change Satish which he helped round the corner to leg gully. Conner (21) provided some necessary and very welcome impetus, and the only 6 of the reply, which had progressed to a healthy 57 off 20 overs. Clipping Soanes to short mid on though was his downfall.
Melton’s middle order then proved as aggressive as Winnie the Pooh after a couple of pints, with Else (1), Alborough (0) and Eusha (4) providing little trouble for the rapidly changing scorers. Tim Hales (18) gave Neal (57) some semblance of support, taking the visitors to 93 off 30, which was at least ahead in the book though 60 behind on the run rate required. Jake Mardell (10) helped push the score to 131 before the revolving changing room door started spinning violently, with the last 4 wickets tumbling for just 2 runs.
Felthorpe: 221 / 6
M Doyle – lbw Mardell 15; C Collard- ct Elliott b Coulson 2; J Hunt- b Mardell 30; S Challandura ct Coulson b Mardell9; J Spicker ct Smith b Eusha 79; R Lofthouse ct Hales b Smith 3; S Ridout not out 54; P Soanes not out 7. Extras 23.
GMCC B: L de Salis 12 overs- 5 maidens- 10 runs- 0 wickets; G Coulson, 12 – 2 – 34 – 1; T Smith 8- 0 – 37- 1; JMardell 8 – 0 – 72 – 3; C Stearman 3 – 0 – 40 – 0; E Fawad 1 – 0 – 15 – 1; C Elliott 1 – 0 – 5 – 0.
Great Melton: 133 a/0
C Elliott ct b Satish 12; N Clarke b Gill 57; C Stearman ct b Soanes 21; J Ellse ct b Satish 1; A Alborough lbw Soanes 0; E Fawad ct b Soanes 4; T Hales ct b Gill 18; J Mardell ct b Leak 10; T Smith ct b Leak 1; L de Salis ct b Satish 1; G B Coulson not out 0. Extras 10
Felthorpe: T Gill 11- 1 – 34 – 2; M Leak 7 – 1 – 20 – 2; PSoanes 12 – 1 – 47 – 3; S Challandura 8.1- 3 – 27 – 3.