GREAT MELTON C (25 points) beat ROCKLANDS A (8 points) by 37 runs at Town Close in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 5
Teamwork was again the key as Great Melton C made it 4 wins in a row against struggling Rocklands A to go to the top of Division 5, although the game was closer than the 37-run margin of victory suggests. Melton, having been asked to bat, were never entirely convincing. Opener Steve Clarke scored 40, Tim Hales anchored the middle of the innings with a well made 61 – his first half century for the club – and Kevin Frazer struck a breezy 24 towards the end with everyone else chipping in a few as Melton finished on 199-9, 1 run short of a 5th bonus point.
Rocklands fiirst four batsmen Matt Miners (11), S.Hinchcliffe (31) and S.Oxley (53) all went for their shots and, with Melton’s bowlers struggling a little with their line, it looked as if the visitors might threaten Melton’s total. Daniel Hayward removed the openers, however, and, helped by some good ground fielding and very impressive catching, the bowlers kept plugging away. Slow bowlers Joe Bickel (5-1-19-1) and Kevin Frazer (9-1-25-1) bowled a good spells, with Frazer removing the dangerous Oxley. The return of Hayward proved the turning point, though. 2 wickets in his first over left Rocklands struggling still well short of Melton’s total with 8 wickets down. Hayward completed his ‘fifer’ in the next over to finish with impressive figures of 9-1-24-5 and Leo DeSalis ended Rocklands resistance thanks to a stumping from Tim Hales.
It was a resilient performance from Melton led by Hales with the bat and Hayward with the ball but the old adage that ‘catches win matches’ was amptly demonstrated by outstanding efforts by Smith, DeSalis, Alborough, Clarke, Phoenix, Moxon and young Joey Greenslade who looked very comfortable in senior cricket.
S.Clarke b.Thresh 40, A.Alborough b.Rowell 9, J.Greenslade c.A.Miners b.Hunt 8, J.Moxon c.Pulsford b.A.Miners 11, T.Hales c.Oxley b.Hunt 61, S.Phoenix c.Thresh b.M.Miners 8, K.Frazer c.A.Miners b.Austin 24, J.Bickel c.Howard b.Hunt 6, L.DeSalis Not Out 4, D.Hayward c.Hinchcliffe b.A.Miners 4, T.Smith Not Out 1, Extras 23. TOTAL (9 wickets) 199 (J.Rowell 6-2-30-1, A.Miners 12-1-42-2, B.Hunt 10-0-52-3, M.Thresh 6-0-31-1, M.Miners 7-1-28-1, N.Austin 5-1-12-1)
M.Miners b.Hayward 11, S.Hinchcliffe c.Smith b.Hayward 31, S.Oxley c.DeSalis b.Frazer 53, M.Thresh c.Clarke b.DeSalis 6, D.Howard c.Phoenix b.Bickel 2, A.Pulsford c.Moxon b.Hayward 20, A.Miners c.Alborough b.Smith, N.Austin b.Hayward 9, B.Hunt c.Greenslade b.Hayward 0, C.Page-Brown st.Hales b.DeSalis 1, J.Rowell Not Out 1, Extras 18. TOTAL 162 (D.Hayward 9-1-24-5, T.Smith 9-0-38-1, L.DeSalis 8.3-0-33-2, J.Bickel 5-1-19-1, K.Frazer 9-1-25-1)