REEPHAM & SALLE (26pts) beat GREAT MELTON C (7 pts) by 99 runs at Salle in the Stadia Norfolk League Div 3W
The idyllic home of Reepham and Salle CC, set in a quintessential English village, dominated by a large medieval church with its tall thin tower, is the type of place you might expect to find a little old lady sitting in her garden, quietly crocheting whilst carefully watching the going’s on at the village fete from above a pair of half moon glasses, or a pedantic oval headed man dressed rather too smartly for a warm summer’s day, carefully placing a fancy handkerchief on a wooden bench.
The skills of a fictional detective were not required to deduce the shortcomings of the visitors which led to the slow death of this game.
The home side know their wicket, and know to bat first. They did and they batted big, exploiting anything vaguely short, dissecting the relatively static- and occasionally bereft – outfielding with oft consummate ease or sheer thunderous drives, cuts and pulls.
Though H Legge (16) went padding up to Dave Bunn (1/20) in the 3rd over with the score on 17, T Armiger (90) found a very handy foil in J Hollis (29) to put together a 71-run 2nd wicket partnership in 16 overs. With Leo de Salis hobbling and Henry Lynch off the field with a badly bruised thumb, Simon Carding turned to spin twins Imaad (1/52) and Fawad (0/34) to attempt to stem the flow, but the gaps were large. All of the middle order chipped in, and A Meek was able to smash a quick fire 36.
Ben Carding (3/39) worked hard into the stiff northerly breeze for his due rewards. Sam Carding (0/22) looked pacey though not too threatening with the wind on his back before de Salis (1/3) was finally persuaded to try his arm. He broke down after just one over, leaving the visitors to turn back to Snr Carding and Imaad to take the pace off the ball but both took dreadful punishment as 51 runs were plundered in the last 5 overs to as Reepham & Salle posted 241-8.
M Lester (1/32) inflicted the first cut of the reply, making one nip back on Dave Bunn (2) after 10 careful overs. Imaad (38) was initially cautious, then took a liking to A Meek (2/35), as did Eusha (23). Steve Clarke’s 22 and Fawad’s 25 were the only other bright spots in a tame riposte.
Even Captain Hastings would have been able to deduce that it was not the cook in the pantry with the lead piping which did for Melton on this occasion. O Oberey (3/29) and J Wilson (3/21) were the beneficiaries in the book of some injudicious batting as Melton were bowled out for 142.