GREAT MELTON B (25 points) beat BYSTANDERS (7 points) by 86 runs at Town Close in the Norfolk League Division 2E
Kyle Mason, Aslam Mohammed and Matt Rushton were the stand-out performers as Great Melton B recovered from a position of 117-8 to, first of all, post a decent total of 171 all out, then bowl out Bystanders for just 85. It all began badly for Tony Alborough’s team as he lost the toss then saw Steve Clarke bowled by Dan Bowman with the first ball of the match. Aslam Mohammed and Mally Howard got the innings back on an even keel, with some big-hitting by Aslam forcing Bystanders to defend the boundary. The partnership was worth 68 in just 12 overs when Howard was unluckily ran out when a straight drive from Aslam was diverted onto the stumps by the bowler. When Aslam was eventually dismissed one short of his half-century, Melton looked in a strong position but the wicket sparked a middle-order collapse either side of drinks as Melton plummeted from 78-2 to 117-8, with John Spaxman, who had been hit out of the attack by Aslam, returning to claim 3-39, including the wickets of Steve Phoenix (8) and Fawad Kaiser (0) with his first two balls following drinks. Matt Rushton remained calm among the carnage and found a willing ally in number 10 batsman, Kyle Mason. The pair added 43 valuable runs with Rushton hitting some beautifully timed shots in an impressive 46 and Mason contributing resolute defence with some powerful hitting. When Craig Wilson was finally dismissed having added a further 11 with Mason, the latter was left unbeaten on 23.
It was a valuable contribution and it wasn’t to be his last as his opening spell of 10-2-40-2 saw him have Wright caught at slip by Alborough and, combined with a fiery burst from Aslam (7-4-12-2) who clean bowled Huggins and Bowman, had Bystanders struggling at 24-3. They never really recovered as Mason grabbed another wicket while Dale Weston, in his first appearance for Melton, took 2-11 from 5 overs. There was some resistance from Bystanders skipper Paul Eastick who scored 21 but Fawad (5-1-8-1) and Wilson (3.5-0-14-2) made short work of the tail as the visitors were dismissed for 85 in 30.5 overs to give skipper Alborough his second successive victory.
It was a very good bowling and fielding display from Melton with two good catches from Steve Clarke and one each from Alborough, Aslam and Weston and only one ‘extra’ was conceded – a wide! There were several notable performances but the much-improved Mason, whose late-order batting contribution and bowling spell saw him win the ‘top banana’ accolade – the fact he also produced a very good tea, perhaps, just edging it for him!
Great Melton B
S.Clarke† b Bowman 0, M.Howard run out 20, A. Mohammed ct Srinivasan b Shariq 49, M Rushton ct & b Bowman 46, T Goff lbw b Borade 7, S. Phoenix b Spaxman 8, F. Kaiser b Spaxman 0, A. Alborough* ct Peter Wright b Spaxman 3, D. Weston ct Srinivasan b Shariq 0, K. Mason not out 23, Craig Wilson ct Bowman b Srinivasan 3, Extras lb (3), w (9) 12. Total 171. Overs 37.5 (D.Bowman 10-0-42-2; J. Spaxman 10-2-39-3; O. Shariq 10-0-51-2; N. Borade 7-0-34-1; S. Srinivasan 0.5-0-2-1)
A. Huggins b Mohammed 0; P. Wright ct Alborough b Mason 6; D. Bowman b Mohammed 18; O. Shariq ct Clarke b Mason 12, S. Srinivasan b Weston 13, N. Hurn ct & b Weston 0, S.Littleboy run out (Mohammed) 8, P. Eastick* ct Clarke b Wilson 21, N. Borade ct Mohammed b Kaiser 1, A. Broughton† not out 4 J. Spaxman ct Weston b Wilson 1, Extras w (1) 1. Total 85. Overs 30.5. (A. Mohammed 7-4-12-2; K. Mason 10-2-40-2; D. Weston 5-1-11-2; F Kaiser 5-1-8-1; C. Wilson 3.5-0-14-2)