Garboldisham B 208-6 (26 pts) beat Great Melton B 118 ao (5 pts) by 90 runs at The Langley in the Norfolk League Division 2 West

Garboldisham inflicted a heavy defeat on Great Melton in this battle of third XI’s, and exact revenge for the reverse result of fourth teams from last week on a neighbouring strip.

Winning the toss and electing to bowl on a damp pitch enabling seam movement under atmospheric conditions offering swing, Melton’s bowlers had arguably the better of the conditions.

The breakthrough was made by Leo de Salis (10-5-27-2) with Andrew Freake (14) caught at leg slip by Kev Ellis. Joseph Graves (10-0-39-1) then induced Eddie Thorne (26) into a rash swish outside off stump for a simple catch at point by Ryan Hayward, soon followed back to the hutch by Phillip Carr (5) smartly caught low down by Peter Graves for de Salis’ 2nd.  At 63-3 off 21 overs, the hosts were behind the rate.

Toby Culling (65) was the mainstay of the second half of their innings, initially in a 96 run partnership with William Pierson (40) then a further 27 run stay with George Southgate (28*) as 145 runs were added at nearly 7 an over.

Catches were spilled, most notably a caught and bowled by de Salis off a loose Culling shot, but gaps were easily found and perhaps too often bowlers dropped short to allow the batsmen to clear the ropes as 142 runs came in boundaries or maximums.

Caitlin Ellis (10-2-49-0) and Aslam (10-2-32-1) bowled well and were unlucky not to have more success.

Five Melton batsmen needed to produce for the visitors to stand any chance of chasing the more than competitive target.  That only four made double figures, with Ryan Hayward (37) leading the way, epitomised the weaknesses in the batting line up. Aslam (24), Eusha (19) and Peter Graves (11) were the others to make any sort of contribution. Five fell for a combined score of 1 as the home side’s bowlers took a stranglehold on proceedings.

Phillip Carr (10-3-23-3) was the pick of the Garboldisham attack, with Eddie Thorne (5-0-8-2) and Paul Feaveryear (5.4-0-21-2) chipping in with two wickets apiece.

Melton B sit 38 pts, effectively 2 wins, ahead of Sandringham, so survival in Division 2 is almost assured.  This game was a clear indication of what can happen against players seeking to play A team Alliance cricket.

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Leo DeSalis

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