Great Melton B (25) beat Caister (9) by 11 runs in Lucas Fettes Norfolk Cricket League Division Two.
Losing the toss on an overcast day Melton were put into bat on a decent looking wicket.
Openers Alborough and Rob Smith got off to a steady start putting on 21 in the first 6 overs. In the 7th over Alborough was dismissed for 8 then, after batting sensibly, Smith was bowled for 19 with the score on 33.
After 21 over the innings had moved on at a steady pace but losing J. Greenslade and D. Loines cheaply leaving the score on 66-4 Fawad Kaiser and skipper Liam Hughes looked to up the run rate and set a competitive total for the home side to defend.
After 10 overs together they had added 63 taking the Caister attack apart hitting every bad ball to the boundary and pushing singles on the square. The next 10 overs they increased the tempo even more with 20+ fours and 8 sixes being hit, adding a further 96 runs, in the process both passing the half century mark and more significantly breaking a B team club record 5th wicket partnership previously 112.
The assault continued with Kaiser passing the 100 landmark for the first time for the club and it only came to an end on the penultimate ball of the innings when a magnificent innings came to an end Kaiser being bowled for 132 an innings that contained 10 fours and 10 sixes and even a couple of quick singles!! Mally Howard hit the last ball of the innings for 4 with Liam Hughes finishing on an excellent 92 not out leaving the visitors with a mammoth 274 to win.
After the tea interval Hughes struck a surprise for the Caister openers as he opened with R. smith and spin bowler N. Clarke but unfortunately for the skipper the Melton attack lacked control bowling both sides of the wicket, coupled with a couple of very questionable umpiring decisions, frustration seemed to be getting the better of the home sides attack.
After 19 overs the visitors reached the 100 mark for the loss of no wickets and the home side looked very nervy as no bowler looked like taking a wicket, but 3 overs later was the stroke of luck the hosts needed.
R. smith returning to the attack, replacing change bowler Freddy burgess, had R. Stokes (48) caught well on the long leg boundary by N. Clarke and 3 balls later had the visitors skipper ct by his opposite number for 0.
Whilst Melton were able to take wickets at fairly regular intervals they continued to concede boundaries keeping the visitors up with run rate.
Stalwart Leo de Salis bowling well with a more consistent line and length than the other Melton bowlers was rewarded with his 3 wickets and with key wickets falling for the visitors it was left to the lower order, with M. Hewitt (42) trying to guide them home.
In the 40th over with 43 still needed de Salis bowled Hewitt leaving the growing crowd on the edge of their seats but with de Salis completing his 12 overs it was left to Rob Smith and Connor Stearman to bowl the last 2 overs.
Smith bowling the penultimate over went for 8 leaving the visitors needing 15 off the last. The 1st three balls going for only 3 runs on the fourth Stearman struck the killer blow for the visitors as T. Oxborough was smartly stumped by Joe Greenslade for 10, needing an unlikely 12 from the last 2 balls. Stearman bowled a good straight line and length with the Caister tail only able to get 2 runs from the last 2 balls leaving them 10 short of victory.
Gt. Melton Innings.
A.Alborough ct Church b. Hewitt 8, R. Smith b. P. Brown 19, F. Kaiser b. P. Brown 132, J. Greenslade ct Church b. R. Brown 0, D. Loines ct Stokes b. R. Brown 4, L. Hughes 92 n/o, M. Howard 4 n/o TOTAL 273-5 (16 extras). M. Hewitt 12-1-42-1, P. Brown 12-1-67-2, T. Oxborough 8-0-54-0, R. Brown 9-0-52-2, R. Stokes 2-0-23-0, C. Tennant 2-0-24-0.
R. Stokes ct Clarke b. R. Smith 48, P. Brown ct Hughes b. R. Smith 71, M. Church ct Hughes b. R. Smith 0, R. Brown ct Howard b. De Salis 19, C. Tennant b. Burgess 12, M. Hewitt b. De Salis 42, J. Clark lbw b. De Salis 13, T. Oxborough st Greenslade b. Stearman 10, P. Hodgson 13 n/o, C. Wright 2 n/o TOTAL 262-8 (38 Extras). R. Smith 10-0-47-3, N. Clarke 9-0-55-0, F. Burgess 10-1-77-1, L. De Salis 12-0-56-3, C. Stearman 4-0-21-1.