GREAT MELTON B (24 points) beat EATON (7 points) by 4 wickets at Melton Park in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 3
Rob Sims hit 9 fours and a six in a game-changing 51 as a weakened Great Melton B chased down Eaton’s 187-8 to win by 4 wickets. It was a fine performance from Woody Loines side, led by the skipper who carried his bat for 40 overs in scoring a patient 55, but it was man-of-the-match Sims who made the difference with his first half-century for the club made in just 15 scoring shots.
With the A Team not having a game it was a rare treat for the Bs to play at Melton Park and Loines chose to field first after winning the toss. Gary Coulson was his usual miserly self, bowling 12 overs unchanged for just 26. Kyle Mason removed Duke (16) thanks to a sharp catch by Eusha Fawad at point and Sims had Clark (11) brilliantly caught on the long-on boundary by Jon Moxon but Divison 3’s batsman-of-the-year, Sam Butcher played sensibly. Coulson and Sims, who took 2-32 in his 12 over spell, kept a tight rein on the batsmen for the first 25 overs and, at drinks, Eaton had scored 71-2 but Butcher was still there and, over the last 20 overs, he was quick to punish any bad balls, hitting an excellent 95 before Mason returned to have him caught behind 5 runs short of a deserved century. Eaton eventually reached 187-8, Fawad Kaiser taking 3-64 and Mason 2-31.
Melton’s reply started badly with Eusha Fawad (1), James Dorling (15) and Jon Moxon (7) falling to opening bowlers Billington and Allwood to leave Melton on 26-3 off 7 overs. Loines and Steve Phoenix set about repairing the damage with a partnership of 40 before the Chairman was bowled by Futter for 18. Fawad Kaiser then joined Loines and looked a class act, playing some fine shots in a brisk 30 before mistiming a pull to square leg. By then the score was 128-5 with Loines still playing with great discipline. Sims then entered the fray, driving his first ball from Billington back over his head for 4 and pulling the second to the square leg boundary. This set the tone as Sims went on to play a series of big shots, hitting the luckless Billington for 4 successive fours. By the time he was out for 51 Melton were just 4 runs from victory. Loines brought the scores level with a four to bring up his own half century and followed it with a second boundary to give Melton 24 points.
D.Clark c.Moxon b.Sims 11, R.Duke c.Fawad b.Mason 16, S.Butcher c.Dorling b.Mason 95, S.Davies c.Dorling b.Kaiser 13, M.Duke b.Sims 5, N.Barker b.Kaiser 18, L.Billington c.Hayward b.Kaiser 5, D.Allwood Not Out 4, J.Chilvers Run Out 1, Extras 18. TOTAL (8 wickets) 187 (G.Coulson 12-3-26-0, K.Mason 8-1-31-2, R.Sims 12-3-32-2, F.Kaiser 11-1-64-3, D.Hayward 2-0-29-0)
Great Melton B
D.Loines Not Out 55, E.Fawad c.Butcher b.Billington 1, J.Dorling c.Barker b.Allwood 15, J.Moxon b.Billington 5, S.Phoenix b.Futter 18, F.Kaiser c.Chilvers b.Billington 30, R.Sims b.Barker 51, D.Hayward Not Out 0, Extras 14. TOTAL (6 wickets) 191 (L.Billington 12-2-68-3, D.Allwood 7-0-39-1, P.Futter 12-2-31-1, D.Trett 8-2-29-0, N.Barker 2-0-16-1)