GREAT MELTON B (24 Points) beat COSTESSEY (4 Points) by 5 wickets at Town Close in the Norfolk League Division 4
Liam Hughes celebrated his first win as skipper of the Bs as Neal Clarke’s 5-33 helped Melton to a rare success against old rivals Costessey.
Tom Smith, in tandem with sibling Rob, gave Melton an initial grip on proceedings, bowling with pace, verve and accuracy, dismissing opener, Taylor. De Salis soon joined in, stringing together a series of probing deliveries which caused the visitors’ growing concern. He nipped out 2 more victims but S. Silvester, running out of partners, mixed stolid defence with slashing swipes to smite Melton’s leading wicket-taker over the mid-wicket boundary, one shot landing beyond the ring road.
It was the introduction of Neal Clarke which ensured Costessey’s innings went nowhere fast. Bowling with confidence, guile and control, he found both turn and bounce off the pitch, bagging wickets at regular intervals, and stemming the flow of boundaries. Only once he began to picture his first 5fer for 10 years did he tighten up, leading him to either drag the ball down for a series of 3-bounce no balls, or causing him to loop it up, enticing the batsmen into ugly hoicks. The silence which greeted his fifth wicket echoed the messy bowling which had preceded it, and was in stark contrast to the whoops and applause which rang out when Rob Smith stretched out and waited to snaffle an excellent one handed catch off brother Tom’s 2nd spell to dismiss the dangerous Silvester for 46, and effectively end the visitors innings.
Chasing a small target – 120 is not always an easy task – captain Hughes asked for patience to establish a solid platform, as he knew that sometimes these things take time. The loss of both openers for 4 runs was not pretty, but Melton’s middle order did not panic, even of the face of tight, disciplined and at times aggressive bowling from Pollard.
Much of Costessey’s innings was built upon powerful and lusty blows past the ring field. Jon Moxon followed suit, his Bumblebee oscillating wildly as he carved the bowling to all points, including the front windscreen of the visiting captain’s car. It was a master-stroke of counter attacking. Kapila Lyanapathirama (26) provided solid support and skipper Hughes saw Melton home with a patient unbeaten 21.
G. Taylor ct J. Greenslade b. T. Smith 15, A. Norman ct Hughes b. Clarke 23, L. Smith ct Kaiser b. De Salis 7, S. Silvester ct R. Smith b. T. Smith 46, A. Bottoms b. De Salis 6, B. Foxcroft b. Clarke 6, B. Blaxter ct Loines b. Clarke 0, D. Pollard ct Loines b. Clarke 2, D. Sicklemore b. Clarke 1, D. Rudd not out 1, J. Carlton ct Moxon b. T. Smith 1. TOTAL 119 All Out (14 extras) T. Smith 9.3-2-25-3, R. Smith 4-0-19-0, L. De Salis 10-1-40-2, N. Clarke 12-2-33-5
Great Melton B
A.Alborough ct. Silvester b. Pollard 2, D. Loines ct Foxcroft b. Sicklemore 0, J. Greenslade ct Rudd b. Pollard 11, J. Moxon b. Taylor 43, K. Lyanipathirana ct Silvester b. Taylor 26, L. Hughes 21 not out, F. Kaiser 3 not out. TOTAL 122-5 (16 extras) D. Pollard 12-4-22-2, D. Sicklemore 4-0-28-1, B. Foxcroft 4-0-35-0, G. Taylor 6-2-17-2, L. Smith 3-0-19-0
Report by Leo DeSalis