Great Melton A (15 Points) secured a winning draw against Garboldisham A (12) at Garboldisham in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
Great Melton A:
L Whiddett b Asker 5
M Farmer c Walker b Feaveryear 0
N Clarke lbw b Feaveryear 17
P Stearman c Dunkinson b Asker 22
G Ducker c Dunkinson b Feaveryear 1
K Liyanapathirana c Curling b Dunkinson 7
J Moxon Not Out 62
J Greenslade c Melvin b Freake 70
J Bickel Not Out 15
Total (7 Wickets, 46 Overs) 223
Asker 7-0-38-2, Feaveryear 12-0-60-3, Carr 9-4-27-0, Dunkinson 7-0-35-1, Jackson 6-0-34-0, Freake 5-1-20-1
A Freake c Bickel b Stearman 50
I Melvin c Stearman b Thompson 35
P Walker b Thompson 0
O Jackson b Stearman 46
D Culling b Farmer 0
P Baker c Farmer b Wright 15
L Taylor c Greenslade b Farmer 5
B Asker b Farmer 15
J Dunkinson c Farmer b Wright 18
P Feaveryear Not Out 6
P Carr Not Out 0
Total (9 Wickets, 46 Overs) 211
A Thompson 12-3-41-2, C Wright 11-1-56-2, P Stearman 12-2-38-2, J Bickel 4-0-33-0, M Farmer 7-0-41-3
An outstanding performance by 14 year old Joey Greenslade saw Great Melton recover from a batting crisis to secure a vital winning draw at Garboldisham.
Greenslade’s knock came after the A’s had been put into bat for the seventh consecutive match. An out of sorts Michael Farmer nicked off for a duck and then Lee Whiddett, having looked solid, inexplicably missed a full toss to leave the visitors 11-2 from 6 overs.
Neal Clarke and Paul Stearman briefly threatened, both striking 4 boundaries but they quickly fell as Clarke was once again trapped lbw and Stearman carved a ball to point to leave the score 50-4 in the 12th over. On a flat track and fast outfield Melton were in serious trouble, and things got worse when Kapila smashed a ball straight up to be comfortably caught and George Ducker nicked one to gully, Melton 75-6 from 21 overs.
At that stage the game looked all but over, but to the fore came Jon Moxon and 14 year old Greenslade. As Garboldisham set very aggressive fields, particularly to Greenslade, in the hope of wrapping up the Melton innings, so the boundaries began to flow. Greenslade hit several in quick succession, pulling and cutting the ball particularly well, whilst Moxon operated a policy of keeping out the straight balls whilst despatching the bad one emphatically.
Runs came at healthy lick as the pair took the score past 100 in the 27 over, and then past 150 in the 34th. By that stage, Melton were right back in the game and Garboldisham forced to re-think their field settings. Greenslade passed his maiden A team half-century in only his second appearance, and soon after Moxon made his second 50 of the season in a display indicative of a man who knows his own game inside out, bringing up the landmark with a six over wide long on.
Eventually Greenslade perished with the score on 189 in the 41st over for a superb 70 and showed the promise of a first team player for years to come. But Moxon, joined by the exuberant Joe Bickel, added a further 34 runs in the last 5 overs, running well between the wickets. Melton closed on 223-7 with Moxon unbowed on 62.
The total was well beyond anything Melton could have expected after 20 overs of their innings, but was probably only around par and signs of the tough work ahead were indicated by openers Freake and Melvin who took the attack to Melton. Whilst they were only 12-0 from 7 overs with Adam Thompson in particular bowling very well, swinging the ball prodigiously, both batsmen began to take him and Chris Wright on and the score went to 58-0 from 15 overs.
The breakthrough came soon after when Stearman took a sharp catch from an uppish drive from Melvin off Thompson, and then Thompson bowled Walker first ball with a delivery reminiscent of James Anderson’s dismissal of Michael Clarke at Trent Bridge, swinging away to beat the bat and strike the top of off-stump. Suddenly it was game on at 61-2 from 17 overs.
The most productive partnership for Garboldisham then followed as the impressive O Jackson despatched anything loose, proving particularly severe on Joe Bickel, whose first over went for 16. Whilst Paul Stearman was proving economically, 33 runs came from Bickel’s four overs and Garboldisham were up with the rate, passing 100 in the 25th over. The crucial wicket came with the score on 138 as a ball from Stearman zipped on to defeat Jackson’s attempted pull and clip the bails, Garboldisham 138-3 after 32 overs.
That proved to be the turning of the tide as Michael Farmer, replacing Bickel, then bowled Culling for 0 and then home skipper Freake clipped a Stearman ball to Joe Bickel at square leg, 143-5 from 34 overs. P Baker (15) briefly threatened with some aggressive running but Taylor was nicked off by Farmer and, bowling a fine hostile spell, the young bowler then removed Asker for a breezy 15. By this stage the game was tensely poised at 185-7 from 40 overs.
Chris Wright then returned and he removed Baker thanks to a solid boundary catch at deep mid-wicket from Farmer. Still Garboldisham refused to give up the chase as J Dunkinson made a quickfire 18, and at 44 overs they were 202-8, needing 22 to win. Farmer bowled a fine penultimate over but his last ball was heaved away for 6 to leave 14 needed from the last over. The crucial moment came when Dunkinson smashed a ball way up but was brilliantly caught by Farmer just inside the rope, running full pelt from deep square to deep mid-wicket to spark wild celebrations. Melton had 3 balls to take the final wicket but last man Carr decided to block out and, despite men crowded around the bat for the last ball, the home side closed on 211-9.
The result takes Melton level on points with Tas Valley at the bottom of Division Four and, with the sides to play each other on 31st August, the A’s fate is very much in their own hands.