GREAT MELTON B (24 points) beat FELTHORPE (5 points) by 6 wickets at Felthorpe in Norfolk League Division 2
Sparks flew as Kapila Liyanapathirana wrote his name large into Great Melton folk lore with three lusty blows to smash Division 2 leaders Felthorpe, and ease the B Team to a thoroughly professional 6-wicket victory on Saturday.
Rob and Tom Smith took to the field just in time for the start of the game, allowing Tom to open the bowling. He sent out a message early, seeing R Carpenter caught by Kapila for a second ball duck.
The warning signs were set from square one, with Gary Coulson also bowling with accuracy, and causing the batsmen plenty of trouble. He picked up the next two wickets to fall, bowling J Clarke for 7 with the score on 15 and having A Arthurton caught at mid off by Liam Hughes just 2 runs later.
M Doyle supported J Dismore in an effort to restart the innings, and they moved the score to 34 before the experienced opener cut Tom to Toby Wyatt at cover point for 21.
Everything was not lost with his dismissal though, but a little rush of blood to the head saw J Spicer run himself out for 5, and in the very next over Doyle shipped Rob Smith to Si Wooldridge at mid wicket to leave the hosts reeling at 51 for 6.
R Lofthouse struggled with a tight hamstring, and with S Ridout managed to move the score to 91, mainly punishing even vaguely wide from de Salis, as well as surviving a few mistimed shots as the ball stuck in the pitch, and lobbed gently and frustratingly into spaces. Leo finally removed Ridout, caught at first slip by Fawad.
C Collard joined Lofthouse with the aim now of simply posting a competitive total. Fawad Kaiser ended those dreams with 2 wickets in 2 balls, firstly bowling Lofthouse for 33, then enticing L Grant to snick to Kapila at short 3rd man. Collard struck a few lusty blows to make sure the tail wagged a bit and nudge his side past the 3rd batting point, cleverly controlling the strike, before top edging Gary to Hales behind the stumps, and give the Yorkshireman 3 wickets for 16 runs in his 9.1 over spell, which included 6 maidens.
Skipper Hughes’ tea time team talk called for calm and application, as he told his players ‘don’t panic’ if early wickets fell.
Rob Smith was given licence to thrill as the Melton innings got off to the proverbial flyer, with Collard conceding 14 in the first over. Unfortunately for the visitors, Chris Elliott snicked to Arthurton at gully off M Leak at the start of the second over to send a shiver through the Melton dressing room.
The hardest part of chasing a small total is getting partnerships going. Fawad hit three boundaries before swishing at off spinner Grant and being caught at backward leg slip for 12. Si Wooldridge entered the fray looking determined to see out the innings, aiming to keep the ball low and grind out a result.
Rob Smith became Grant’s second victim for 16 with the score on 36. Melton may have wobbled, but Toby (16) joined Si at the crease, batting sensibly, and positively, despatching the loose deliveries and blocking anything straight, they put on 41 together before the teenager was caught at the wicket off Arthurton.
In came Kapila, and he too batted with patience to take the game away from Felthorpe before unleashing his devastating finale. Si hit a flat six over the short boundary into the trees. Kapila followed suit, despatching the ball deep into the same woods. The replacement ball was then bludgeoned over the long mid wicket boundary, high into the trees by the pavilion, before a second replacement ball was hammered over deep mid on, over the scorers’ heads, and crashed through the pavilion window to seal a convincing victory.
R Carpenter ct Kapila b T Smith 0; J Dismore ct Wyatt b T Smith 21; J Clarke b Coulson 7; A Arthurton ct Hughes b Coulson 1; M Doyle ct Wooldridge b R Smith 8; J Spicer run out (Hughes) 5; R Lofthouse b Fawad 33; S Ridout ct Fawad b de Salis 8; C Collard ct Hales b Coulson 26; L Grant ct Kapila b Fawad 0; M Leak no 1; extras 22. TOTAL 127 (T Smith 12 – 1 – 27- 1; G Coulson 9.1 – 6 – 16 – 3; R Smith 4 – 1 – 12 – 1; L de Salis 10 – 0 – 39 – 1; F.Kaiser 7 – 1 – 24 – 2)
C Elliott ct Arthurton b Leak 1; R Smith ct Ridout b L Grant 16; Fawad ct Leak b Grant 12; S Wooldridge no 29; T Wyatt ct Lofthouse by Arthurton 16; Kapila no 34; extras 19, TOTAL (4 wickets) 128 (C Collard 2 – 0 – 25 – 0; M Leak 7 – 2 – 16 – 1; L Grant 11 – 0 – 45 – 2; A Arthurton 7 – 0 – 24 – 1; M Doyle 2 – 0 – 13 – 0)