GREAT MELTON B (7 points) lost to OVERSTRAND (25 points) by 25 Runs at Overstrand Sports Ground in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 2
Great Melton B travelled to Overstrand looking to bounce back after the previous weeks defeat to Costessey.
Stand in skipper Gary Coulson won the toss and decided to bowl first on a slightly softy looking wicket. Coulson opened the bowling in tandem with Craig Woolrich, both bowling a steady line and length, restricting the home side to just 14 from the first 7 overs.
The breakthrough came in the 8th over when Coulson got one to nip away off the seam having opener L. West (2) caught at second slip by Neal Clarke. The second wicket followed only 5 overs later when Woolrich got through the defenses of R. West (9). With the score on 26-2 off 11 overs Melton looked to take control of the game but father and son combo of Parkin’s had other ideas.
The Parkin’s batted sensibly defending well and hitting the bad ball to boundary, putting on 58 in 12 overs to swing the game back in favor of the home side. The Melton captain decided to take the pace off the ball and brought on Clarke and McKay. Clarke bowled a steady first 3 overs but it was McKay who made the beak through having I. Parkin caught behind by George Ducker for 17 with the score on 84-3 off 23 overs.
Clarke then settled in on a good line and length varying pace and flight and made a breakthrough in his 7th over turning one between bat and pad of P. Parkin for a well made 62. Jake Mardell had replaced McKay by this time and took a wicket in his 3rd over leaving the Hosts on 137-5. Clarke now well into his spell bowled a double wicket maiden in his 9th over to leave Overstrand suddenly struggling on 137-7.
Unfortunately The away side took no more wickets as although skipper Coulson returned to bowl a tidy second spell the bowlers at the other end did not have the same control and were punished as J. Wilkins (15*) and M. Jackson (29*) put on 49 in the last few overs to give the hosts a good total of 186-7.
Melton began their reply confidentially with openers Woody Loines and Toby Wyatt putting on 63 for the first wicket before the latter was trapped LBW making 29. Shortly after that opening partner Loines (30) was back in the pavilion after hitting one up in the air for an easy catch.
After this Melton continued to score at a reasonable rate but kept losing wickets at key times putting pressure on the lower order. Melton’s hopes of winning were dealt a further blow when Eusha Fawad ran himself out on 35 when looking in no trouble, and despite a few late boundaries from Clarke (18*) and Mardell (13) Melton came up short finishing on 161 all out, which was probably all they should have been chasing but 26 extras and bowling both sides of the wicket late on didn’t help the visitors cause.
R. West b. Woolrich 9, L. West ct. Clarke b. Coulson 2. I. Parkin ct. Ducker b. McKay 17, P. Parkin b. Clarke 62, M. Amm b. Clarke 22, G. Zelos ct. Coulson b. Mardell 4, C. Furlong b. Clarke 0, J. Wilkins 15 not out, M. Jackson 29 not out. Total 186-7 (extras 7w, 2nb, 10b, 7lb) C. Woolrich 6-1-14-1, G. Coulson 10-2-26-1, R. Hayward 7-0-47-0, N. Clarke 12-1-44-3, C. McKay 4-0-29-1, J. Mardell 6-1-20-1
Gt. Melton innings
D. Loines ct Wilkins b. West 30, T. Wyatt lbw Amm 29, C. McKay ct Wilkins b. West 14, E. Fawad Run Out 35, C. Elliot b. West 2, G. Ducker b. West 2, N. Clarke 18 Not Out, R. Hayward ct. P. Parkin b. Richardson 2, C. Woolrich ct. Furlong b. Richardson, J. Mardell b. Furlong 13, G. Coulson b. Richardson 6. Total 161 all out (extras 3w, 3nb, 1b, 2lb) C. Furlong 10-0-32-1, K. Richardson 11.3-1-37-3, M. Amm 11-1-56-1, L. West 12-2-29-4