Saham Toney A (25pts) beat Great Melton C Team (7 pts) by 5 wickets at Saham Toney in the Norfolk League Division 3W
Saham Toney’s A team proved too powerful for Melton’s C team in this Norfolk League Division 3W match at Pages Lane . Despite posting 200 for the 4th time this season, and the third in four games, Melton felt they were still 20 or 30 runs shy for a truly competitive total on a hard flat wicket. Imaad (57), with his second club half century, provided the initial backbone, ably supported by Steve Clarke (27). Enjoying the harder and truer surface, the classy right hander drove and cut imperiously.
Ben Carding (39) added some impetus, but with the 150 not coming up till the 35th over, some late order hard hitting was essential. Eusha (47*) did the best he could, with short cameos from Alex Tonnison (9) and Sam Carding (9). The home side’s bowling, especially from Xavier Huckle (3-33) was generally controlled, and the visitor’s total of 208 meant Melton were very much in the game, but early wickets would be essential.
Despite restricting Saham to 21 off the first 8 overs, Stu Wilson (0-21) and Leo de Salis (0-33) could not find the necessary break through. Wood (27) did provide 2 chances with a lofted drive spilled at long on and a late cut which just missed slip, and with Webster settling into his rhythm, the home side’s openers were building a strong partnership. Simon Carding (5-55) made the first break through in the 18th over, with Wood stumped by Steve Clarke and he kept chipping away. Clarke caught Webster down the leg side for 48; Imaad took 2 catches at point, and Sam Carding took a catch at cover to give his dad another fifer, but Saham were finding the boundary ropes with ease and never really looked in any danger of falling short of the target.
Man of the Match Xavier Huckle (44) started with a 6, and hit 7 more boundaries. Paterson (27) found the rope 4 times, Burridge (11*) twice, and Ewan Huckle (32*) four times, with two more maximums, matching his brother with his first scoring shot disappearing on to the football pitch, and the last ball of the game following it.