Great Melton A (20 Points) beat Sheringham (3) by four wickets at Sheringham in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
M Hudson b Mackenzie 8
T Sheridan c Woods b Mackenzie 7
J Moy c Greenslade b Mackenzie 25
H Knaff b Mackenzie 0
W Neave c Mackenzie b De Salis 0
H Bailey b Mackenzie 2
S Cox lbw b Smith 0
N Lomax b Mackenzie 3
J Platt b Mackenzie 0
C Moy c Ducker b Smith 19
B Hardy Not Out 0
Total (All Out, 37 Overs) 68
L De Salis 12-4-28-1, J Heather 6-2-8-0, N Mackenzie 12-7-11-7, T Smith 7-2-19-2
Great Melton A:
M Bunn c & b C Moy 14
L Whiddett ct b Cox 1
J Greenslade b C Moy 0
S Mann lbw b J Moy 12
G Ducker c Neave b Platt 1
P Stearman ct b J Moy 0
J Heather Not Out 11
N Mackenzie Not Out 15
Total (6 Wickets, 16.4 Overs) 69
C Moy 6-2-15-2, S Cox 4-0-10-1, J Moy 4-2-19-2, J Platt 2.4-0-18-1
Great Melton A remain the only unbeaten side in all seven divisions of the Norfolk Alliance as Nick Mackenzie produced a remarkable display with the ball and then settled the visitors nerves with an unbeaten 15 as the Division Four promotion race continued to heat up.
It has to be said that this was probably one of the most crucial tosses of the season on a wicket that proved unplayable for all of the batsmen on both sides. Lee Whiddett was therefore delighted to see the queen’s head staring back at him and duly inserted the home side, themselves still with an outside chance of promotion, into bat.
Leo De Salis has been the most consistent performer for the A’s all season, and again produced a miserly spell with the ball wobbling in the breeze, conceding only 4 runs in his first 5 overs. With Joe Heather making his A team debut, whilst nursing a slight hamstring injury, only conceding 8 runs in his 6 over spell, Sheringham were just 14-0 from 12 overs.
It was when Mackenzie replaced Heather that the fireworks began as he ripped out the Sheringham top four. Sheridan nicked a rising delivery behind to Simon Woods and then both Hudson (8) and Knaff (0) were castled as Mackenzie hit a good length and let the pitch do the rest. J Moy (25) did counter-attack with a few lusty blows off De Salis but was bounced out when hooking a Mackenzie delivery to Joey Greenslade, running back from square leg. De Salis went on to record more impressive figures of 12-4-28-1. Mackenzie continued to work through the Sheringham lower order, bowling five wicket maidens and a double wicket maiden in recording an outstanding 12-7-11-7. He was ably supported by Tom Smith, who also picked up two wickets including the important wicket of C Moy (19), well caught by George Ducker, as Sheringham were dismissed for 68 in 37 overs.
If Melton thought at the tea break that a cruise to victory was on the cards, they were however much mistaken as the visiting batsmen found the surface equally difficult to bat on, perhaps emphasising the importance of the toss. Lee Whiddett (1), Joey Greenslade (0) were both out with only 4 runs on the board and then soon after Martin Bunn (14) skied a ball to be caught and bowled and Sam Mann (12) was trapped plumb in front with the score 36-4 from 12 overs.
Paul Stearman then went for a golden duck nicking to slip and when George Ducker (1) nicked a pull shot behind, there was real discontent in the visiting ranks with the score 42-6.
Fortunately, Joe Heather and Nick Mackenzie were on hand to steady the ship. Heather played very sensibly for 11 not out, whilst Mackenzie blasted three fours from a single over to dispel any growing fears, his 15 not out seeing Melton over the line in just the 17th over.
Victory proved necessary, as wins for both Brooke and Winterton means that it remains two sides from three that will be promoted to Division Three. Winterton visit Melton Park on Saturday, 16th August, in what looks to be a humdinger in prospect. As long as the A’s remain ‘invincible’, promotion is within their grasp.