Great Melton A (25) beat Winterton (4) by 97 runs in the Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four.
Great Melton A entertained Winterton on a sunny day at Melton Park looking to continue their recent run of good form.
Winning the toss Winterton skipper D. Snowling decided to insert the home side, after the previous day’s rain, on what still looked like a decent batting track.
Lee Whiddett and George Ducker opened the innings; the 6th different opening partnership for the A’s this season, started steadily. In the third over Ducker was caught behind off a ball from Utting that bounced a little more for a duck bringing Jack Pearse to the wicket.
Within 5 balls Pearse was off the mark with a trademark straight drive for 4 soon getting into his stride. In stark contrast the Melton skipper Whiddett, battling for some form, trying to find some sort of rhythm by rotating the strike at least to get Pearse on strike was struggling but still occupying the crease looking to build a solid partnership.
As Whiddett was struggling, Pearse was now in full flow, driving elegantly and quickly onto anything short, scoring at a run a ball, reaching a second half century in consecutive games in just 49 balls. In the 25th over the pair passed 100 for the partnership with Pearse in particular going well but two overs later Whiddett was bowled for 25 with the partnership ending on 119.
Pearse continued on his way towards three figures, Paul Stearman came and went for 5 bringing Jon Moxon to the crease. They added only 14 for the 4th wicket with Pearse playing a couple of sumptuous drives to bring up his maiden century for the club before being controversially given out for lbw for a magnificent 103.
Melton now at 139-4 having been 120-1 looked less likely to post the 250 they wanted and with Alborough departing quickly leaving the score on 145-6 it brought Neal Clarke to the crease. Initially having to get in and rebuild but soon Clarke and Moxon got going and started to get the scoreboard ticking at a good rate adding 32 in the 7 overs together before Moxon was trapped lbw for 15.
Michael Farmers’ innings was brief going for 5 before Joe Bickel joined Clarke in the middle and in the last 4 overs of the innings the added 24 with both running well between the wickets with Clarke hitting a couple more boundaries to end the innings on 208-7.
After tea Melton got off to the perfect start with Adam Thompson taking a wicket in his first over and although the home side didn’t take another wicket for a while Thompson and Chris Wright contained the visitor’s batsmen going at less than 3 an over.
After 12 overs the score was on 33-1 but within 10 overs it was 65-4 with Wright bowling his spell 2-31 and with a little more luck could have had a couple more wickets. Bickel replaced Thompson but couldn’t quite get his rhythm bowling up the slope but it was Farmer, replacing Wright, who produced an excellent spell of bowling with immaculate line and length and at good pace, taking the key wicket of Winterton number three R. Edmonds for 32.
In tandem with the returning Thompson they blew away the visitors middle order bowling an incredible spell of 10 overs 6-17 leaving Paul Stearman the job of finishing the innings off only needing 1 ball to bowl T. Witchlow round his legs bowling Winterton out for 111 winning by 97 runs to get the all-important win and 25 points.
With two wins and a tie in the last three games Melton A need to continue this good run of form in what will be a very tight end to the season where there will be 1 relegated from the bottom 5 teams.
Great Melton Innings.
L. Whiddett b. Snowling 25, G. Ducker ct Roper b. Utting 0, J. Pearse b. lbw Snowling 103, P. Stearman ct Austin b. Snowling 5, J. Moxon lbw b. Utting 15, A. Alborough b. Snowling 2, N. Clarke 36*, M. Farmer ct Snowling b. Stanhoe-Smith 5, J. Bickel 5*. TOTAL 208-7 (12 Extras) B. Utting 12-3-50-2, G. Hudson 6-1-29-0, D. Snowling 12-2-41-4, L. Chapman 7-0-42-0, M. Stanhoe-Smith 7-1-24-1, T. Witchlow 2-0-16-0.
B. Clarke ct Alborough b. Wright 25, J. Austin b. Thompson 0, R. Edmonds ct Wright b. Farmer 32, M. Witheridge ct Ducker b. Thompson 0, L. Chapman b. Wright 2, G. Roper b. Farmer 10, G, Hudson ct Ducker b. Farmer 5, B. Utting ct Pearse b. Farmer 18, D. Snowling lbw b. Thompson 6, M. Stanhoe-Smith 0*, T. Witchlow b. Stearman 0. TOTAL 111-10 (13 Extras). C. Wright 12-3-31-2, A. Thompson 12-2-30-3, J. Bickel 7-2-29-0, M. Farmer 7-3-12-4, P. Stearman 0.1-0-0-1.