GREAT MELTON B (8 points) lost to KIRKLEY & LOWESTOFT RAILWAY (24 points) by 3 runs at Town Close in the Norfolk League Division 2
Despite an excellent batting display that included Nick Mackenzie’s first half century for the club, Great Melton B’s match at home to Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway went down, once again, to the final over – and once again Melton lost! It’s now the fifth time in 7 games that Tim Hales’ side have been in with a chance of winning with one over left, but only once have they achieved it. Such are the fine margins between success and failure in cricket!
However there’s more to the fact that Melton B are struggling near the bottom of Division 2 than a simple inability to get over the line. Last Saturday, in bowler friendly conditions, Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway managed to score 242-7 thanks to 85 from opener J.Bailey, 44 from K.Freeman and 60 from D.Snell. Their cause was helped by a succession of dropped catches which left Melton chasing a bigger total than they should have been. Gary Coulson with 12-4-39-0 kept a fairly tight rein on things and Tom Smith, newly returned from university, took 3-46 from his 12 overs but, despite an attack that also included Nav Sharma, Nick Mackenzie, Jake Mardell and Neal Clarke, Melton could not stem the flow of runs.
The reply was positive, though. Chris Elliott and Neal Clarke gave Melton a good start with 84 for the first wicket off 21 overs before Clarke was out for 41. Tony Alborough (0) and Joey Greenslade (2) then went cheaply before Mackenzie and Elliott produced the 4th wicket stand that nearly gave Melton an unexpected victory. Mackenzie hit 8 fours and 5 sixes in a powerful 83 and Elliott helped him add 122 before he was run out for an excellent 70. Hales (4) and Sharma (3) were also run out as Melton inched closer to the Kirkley total but, when Mackenzie was eventually dismissed in the final over, trying to hit the winning runs, it meant disappointment again for Hales’ men.
Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway
J.Bailey Run Out 85, D.Laws c.Hales b.Smith 13, K.Freeman b.Mackenzie 44, D.Snell b.Smith 60, D.Hayes b.Mardell 0, M.Hayes c.Moxon b.Smith 1, C.Lambert c.Mackenzie b.Sharma 26, C.Meadows Not Out 1, M.Love Not Out 0, Extras 12. TOTAL (7 wickets) 242 (G.Coulson 12-4-39-0, N.Sharma 4-0-30-0, T.Smith 12-2-46-3, N.Clarke 5-0-30-0, N.Mackenzie 6-0-54-1, J.Mardell 6-0-35-0)
Great Melton B
C.Elliott Run Out 70, N.Clarke c. b.Spurgeon 41, A.Alborough Run Out 0, J.Greenslade c. b.Spurgeon 2, N.Mackenzie c. b. Khan 83, T.Hales Run Out 4, J.Moxon Not Out 1, N.Sharma Run Out 3, Extras 30. TOTAL (7 wickets) 239 (C.Meadows 8-1-39-0, M.Khan 10-2-37-1, M.Hayes 6-0-44-0, C.Lambert 12-0-62-0, S.Spurgeon 9-1-41-2)