Overstrand (23 points) 104 / 2 beat Great Melton B (3 points) 100 ao by 8 wickets at Overstrand in the Norfolk League Division 2E

Great Melton’s B team may have resembled a group of well travelled tourists, but they were no match for Division 2 East league pace setters Overstrand.

Winning the toss, Tony Alborough chose to bat on a hard looking track which had been covered by tarpaulin all week. As he slapped the precocious Billy Yarham back through the mid off it looked a good decision. Snicking behind to Reedman two balls later, however, was not in the pre match plans.  Steve Clarke (0) caught a leading edge, Imaad (7) and Aslam (9) both stopped their follow throughs to all loop gentle catches to Tom Yarham as the true nature of the surface began to show, and at 32 / 4 off 12 overs, Melton were struggling.

The short boundaries offered encouragement to anyone prepared to be patient as well as play full shots. Eusha put his hand up, combing bullishness with controlled pragmatism, to post his first 50 of the season – his 3rd for Melton. Paul Movel (6) and Fawad (9) both perished cheaply to Neil Yarham’s left arm off spin before Leo de Salis (11), promoted up the order took to the crease. He saw off 9 deliveries, before hitting the top of the sightscreen for a Filntoff. His partnership with Eusha was, in the context of the game, a valuable 24. The loss of Eusha sparked the final collapse as the last 4 wickets fell for just 6 runs with Luke Movel and Craig Wilson both failing to trouble the scorers. Sam Coleman (2) finished unbowed.

The reply got off to an ignominious start, as the first ball shot along the floor past Steve Clarke for 4 byes and Billy Yarham hit the 3rd ball for a boundary. Tim Porter followed that by taking 10 off Leo’s first over. Billy Yarham (29*) saw out the meagre run chase, but lost Porter (20) and Neil Yarham (17) – both cleaned out by Movel – enroute. Tommy Yarham with a brisk 16* helped see them over the line. Melton’s cause was not helped by conceding 22 extras in the 22 overs completed.

Leo DeSalis

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