GREAT MELTON SUNDAY A team lost to HAPPISBURGH by 12 runs at HAPPISBURGH in a friendly match.
Melton Sunday A took a strong looking bowling side out to Happisburgh for what turned out to be a run festival. The pre match pitch inspection revealed that the game would be played on the edge of the strip meaning farmer Giles’s cornfield would be seeing plenty of the ball.
Happisburgh won the toss and elected to bat. Melton had early success as Sam Carding (5-0-12-1 )was extracting a lot of bounce from the pitch taking a wicket in the first over, caught behind by brother Ben who was stand in keeper for the day. Runs then started to flow as the short legside boundary and lightning fast outfield came to play. Kyle Mason (6-1-41-1) eventually bowled the other Happisburgh opener with the score on 47 after 10 overs. First change bowlers Beth Harmer (5-0-22-2) and Craig Wilson (6-0-25-0) then applied some pressure leading to a score of 97-4 at drinks.
After drinks it was time for the Frazer father and son spin attack to be introduced. Peter (5-0-54-0) bowled his leg spin but despite a lot of good balls the Happisburgh batsman took no prisoners punishing any loose delivery. Kevin’s offspin lasted one over as the ball kept disappearing into the cornfield (1-0-18-0). The introduction of Simon Carding (7-0-61-1) faired marginally better with only one or two balls in each over finding the field. Meanwhile Happisburgh batsman Jeary (118) moved on to his century while Catchpole asked if Melton would mind if he retired once he reached his impressive 50 and captain Frazer was keen to encourage this gesture.
Connor White bowled a tidy spell (5-2-15-1) at the end leaving Happisburgh on 254 – 8 off their 40 overs. Heads were down over tea as it was felt with a weak looking batting line up the score was well out of reach. When Ben Carding got a jaffer to bowl him for 0 in the first over it looked like Melton’s worse fears would come true. However Carl Harmer (34) and Clive Gristwood (37) soon set about the Happisburgh bowling putting on 57 before Carl was bowled by Trivett, the extremely slow bowler, finishing his shot well before the ball gently trickled on to the stumps. Clive was playing freely hitting a 6 over cover point before also falling to a very slow ball.
Beth Harmer (10) and Sam Carding (24) also played aggressively keeping up the required 6 an over rate before Connor White (46) and Kevin Frazer (23) came together and added 66 to push the score up to 184 and within touching distance. Unfortunately they then fell in quick succession bowled by a non bouncing long hop and a slow full toss respectively.
However all was not lost as Simon Carding (16 no) and the aggressive Kyle Mason (31) added 50 for the 8th wicket however they could not quite keep up the required rate and Melton finished 12 runs short on 242-9.
It was certainly a day for the batsman with bowlers on both sides nursing figures they would rather forget.