Gt Melton B (26 points) beat Happisburgh (8 points) by 41 runs at Happisburgh in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 2
Happisburgh won the toss and invited Melton to bat. After a bright start against accurate seam bowling Melton lost a wicket with the score on 21, thereafter they did not lose the next wicket until the 32nd over with the score on 162. A excellent partnership between Toby Wyatt (109) and Simon Woolridge (45) gave Melton an strong platform upon which to post a significant score with Toby particular severe on any loose deliveries. Wickets fell at regular intervals however late order hitting from George Ducker (16) and Neal Clarke (17) ensured that Melton posted a competitive total of 218-9.
After tea Melton set about the task of defending their runs total and had instant success as Jake (4-45) took wickets in his first and second overs both caught at extra cover by Eusha Fawad. Fellow opening bowler Tom Smith (3-27) bowled with great control and caused the batsman problems with his swing bowling. Happisburgh came back into the game with a strong innings from Wayne Catchpole (49) and looked in a good position to secure victory, however steady bowling from G Ducker (0-30) and Neal Clarke (1-47) and two quick wickets from David Bunn (2-24) turned the game back in Melton’s favour and despite some late order hitting from the Happisburgh tailenders ran out winners by 41 runs. A fine team effort from the B team and congratulations to Toby on reaching a personal landmark score.
D Loines b Howe 10, T Wyatt ct Breeze b Wilson 109, S Woolridge b Howe 45, T Hales lbw b Wilson 0, F Kaiser run out 1, E Fawad b Peck 4, N Clarke ct Huckle b Peck 17, G Ducker lbw b Howe 16, D Bunn ct Huckle b Howe 8, J Mardell not out 3 T Smith dnb total 218-9
J Carter ct Fawad b Mardell 1, R Raven ct Fawad b Mardell 0, R Breeze b Mardell 6, W Catchpole ct Fawad b Smith 49, R Huckle bowled Smith 6, J Woolston ct Wyatt b Clarke 29, J Langford ct Hales b Bunn, M Woolston ct Wyatt b Bunn 9, C Wilson ct & b Smith 1, C Peck not out 10, S Howe b Mardell 20 total 177 all out (J Mardell 10.2-2-45-4, T Smith 12-3-27-3, 8-0-47-1, G Ducker 7-0-30-0, D Bunn 6-0-24-2)