Great Melton A (15 Points) achieved a winning draw against Brooke A (12) at Melton Park in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
Great Melton A:
M Bunn b Gilliat 40
J Whiddett Not Out 63
G Bunn b Gilliat 17
S Mann c & b Timms 3
G Ducker lbw b Timms 0
L Whiddett c Bennett b Timms 1
M Farmer c Hayman b Bennett 21
P Movel b Beaumont 20
S Woods Not Out 21
Total (7 Wickets, 46 Overs) 205
R Hayman 9-1-44-0, J Andrews 4-1-23-0, R Gilliat 7-2-24-2, J Block 1.4-0-9-0, R Timm 7.2-2-15-3, A Beaumont 12-3-44-2, C Bennett 4-0-24-0
E Sturman c M Bunn b Rai 17
O Stamp lbw b Movel 55
N Murrell lbw b Movel 17
J Block b Movel 4
A Beaumont c Woods b Movel 32
M Carver c Farmer b Movel 39
R Gilliat c M Bunn b Farmer 0
R Timms b Farmer 0
R Hayman Run Out (Rai) 0
C Bennett Not Out 0
J P – Andrews Not Out 0
Total (9 Wickets, 46 Overs) 204
M Farmer 11-1-63-2, D Rai 12-1-41-1, A Rennie 12-3-33-0, P Movel 11-1-42-5
A superb five wicket haul from Paul Movel rescued Great Melton A from the brink of defeat as they snatched a winning draw in remarkable circumstances from league leaders Brooke A, keeping the division Four title race alive and enhancing their own promotion credentials.
That performance came some time after Lee Whiddett lost the toss and saw his side inserted into bat on what looked a flat Melton Park surface. Martin Bunn looked in superb fettle as he followed up last week’s ton at Hales with a brisk 40, taking Melton to 57-1 after 10 overs alongside Jason Whiddett. Bunn’s dismissal, however, castled by the impressive Gilliat, signalled a change in momentum as Whiddett, looking short of confidence, struggled to get the ball away. George Bunn did make 17 runs but played a poor shot to be bowled by Gilliat, and then Sam Mann (3), George Ducker (0) and Lee Whiddett (1) were blown away as Melton slumped to 101-5 from 29 overs.
The recovery only came when Jason Whiddett was joined by Michael Farmer. Farmer added some welcome momentum in a swift 21, and that set the tone for similar cameos from Paul Movel (20) and Simon Woods (21no). All the while Whiddett accumulated runs and from 150-6 from 40 overs, the home side pushed on to make 205-7 from their 46. It still looked around 25 runs shy of a par score, but a total that would prove competitive with good bowling. Whiddett was able to inject some momentum into his innings toward the end as he carried his bat for 63.
The Brooke reply got off to a flying response as the dangerous Ed Sturman went hard at the ball from the off, smashing an out-of-sorts Farmer around the ground. The vital wicket came when Darshan Rai bounced him out, encouraging a mistimed pull which was pouched by Martin Bunn at mid-wicket. 40-1 from 6 overs.
Stamp and Murrell then put together a solid partnership but Melton fought hard to gain a foothold in the game. Rai began to find his feet in a pacey, impressive spell, and Alex Rennie, replacing Farmer, bowled superbly well as the breaks were well and truly applied, Brooke restricted to 85-1 from 20 overs.
Catch opportunies did go begging but the second wicket finally fell when Paul Movel, replacing Rai, trapped Murrell lbw for 17 and then soon after dismissed Block (4) and Stamp (55). With Rennie (12-3-33-0) keeping things tight, Brooke were 116-4 from 28 overs, needing 90 from 18.
The run rate climbed further until both ended their respective spells with the score 142-4 from 36 overs, 64 then required. But Beaumont and Carver had put together the makings of a decent partnership, and whilst Rai, returning to replace Movel still looked dangerous, Farmer returning for Rennie was targeted and the two batsmen were able to take the Brooke score to 170-4 from 40 overs.
Despite a sore achilles, Movel returned to the attack but both he and Farmer endured poor overs as 21 runs were added, leaving only 15 needed from the last 4. The wheel looked to have turned in favour of the table-topping visitors. However, Movel removed Beaumont (32) who hit a ball straight up to be caught by Woods, and then soon after dismissed Carver as he tried to hit over the spread out field and was caught by Farmer, leaving Brooke 202-6 with 2 overs left, needing only 4 to win.
Michael Farmer, who had looked out of sorts for much of the innings, then produced the over of the match as Gilliat smacked a ball straight to Martin Bunn at mid-off who clawed the ball above his head for a vital catch. Farmer then bowled Timms (0) and completed a double wicket maiden to leave the visitors 202-8 with 1 over to go.
Movel started with two dots and a single, before then a dot followed before Darshan Rai effected an amazing run out to leave Brooke needing 2 to win from the last ball. From that ball, Movel beat the bat and with Brooke 9 down they decided not to take on the keeper, leaving them one run short of Melton’s total on 204-9.
The result garners 15 points for Melton, leaving them 29 points behind Brooke A with a game in hand and 23 points ahead of third place Winterton.