Great Melton A (4 Points) lost to Downham A (22) by 7 Wickets at Downham in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Three
Great Melton A:
T Hales c Simmons b Hooton 0
L Whiddett b Chauman 43
D Godbold c Grady b Chauman 51
N Gristwood c Simmons b Grady 20
J Moxon b Grady 10
R Grove c Grady b Simmons 16
J Robb c Edwards b Grady 0
T Moye c Hooton b Simmons 2
T Smith Not Out 2
D Hayward Not Out 3
Total (8 Wickets, 46 Overs) 162
R Hooton 6-2-10-1, D Grady 11-0-49-3, I Simmons 8-0-30-2, J Chauman 12-3-34-2, D Corbett 9-0-35-0
J Porter b Smith 11
I Simmons c Moxon b Coulson 6
D Tulett Not Out 71
J Chauman c Hales b Grove 48
I Stacey Not Out 16
Total (3 Wickets, 39.4 Overs) 168
G Coulson 9-2-35-1, T Smith 12-2-40-1, T Moye 6-1-27-0, R Grove 5-0-24-1, J Robb 4-1-16-0, N Gristwood 2-0-10-0, L Whiddett 0.4-0-10-0
Great Melton A now know that they will be plying their trade back in Alliance Division Four but they did not go down without a fight as good performances from Daryl Godbold, Lee Whiddett and Tom Smith achieved a respectable performance in defeat at Downham.
Inserted into bat, Melton were dealt an early blow when Tim Hales chipped tamely to square leg for a rare failure this season. With R Hooton achieving prodigious in-swing, returning skipper Lee Whiddett and the dependable Daryl Godbold set about building a partnership. It was Godbold who achieves the early impetus in taking the score to 45-1 from 14 overs, and the partnership, featuring some very good running between the wickets, continued to build as Melton took drinks at 79-1.
Whiddett had been somewhat circumspect by that stage, but after the break unfurled some straight drives and trademark legside strokes as the score swiftly moved on to 100 in the 27th over, with Melton looking well placed to make over 200 at that stage. Whiddett finally fell to the spin of Chauman, adding 43 to 44 on his previous A team appearance at Bungay to pass 300 league runs in 2015.
Unfortunately, Godbold, having just passed his 50 in a fine knock containing 8 fours, was out soon after and the scoring rate rather stagnated, progressing to just 113-3 from 35 overs. That was a decisive period as, whilst Nick Gristwood played nicely for 20 and Jon Moxon (10) and Richard Grove (16) battled away, Melton were only able to reach 162-8 from their 46 overs. Adding only 62 runs from their last 19 overs was disappointing.
As has been the case for most of the season, Melton took the field in a positive mood and they were rewarded as Gary Coulson took the wicket of I Simmons (6) when he nicked a ball onto Tim Hales’ keeping pad which ballooned to Jon Moxon in the gully. From the very next ball, the outstanding Tom Smith had J Porter (11) play on to leave the home side 17-2.
Smith, in particular, was in the midst of a superb spell as he swung the ball both away and into the batsmen. J Chauman, however, was not to be deterred as he looked to go over the top at every opportunity, racing to 20 in no time. Coulson and Smith, however, continued to bowl well and both were unlucky to see the ball drop into gaps and a sharp chance dropped by Dan Hayward off Coulson. The score moved to 45-2 from 10 overs.
Smith continued to cause genuine problems for the batsmen but, with Chauman riding his luck and D Tulett gradually playing himself in, they saw off the threat to reach 73-2 from 18 overs, when Tom Moye replaced Coulson.
Smith went on to record fine figures of 12-2-40-1 in a spell that deserved more reward, but it was Melton legend Richard Grove, making a rare cameo, who made the breakthrough eventually when Chauman nicked off for a fortuitous 48 with the score 124-3 from 30 overs.
Whiddett rung the changes with James Robb bowling a useful spell without reward but there was to be no further breakthrough as Downham finally got home in the 40th over, having been made to work hard by the generally accurate Melton bowling.