Great Melton C 196-9 (7 pts) lost to Norwich Bystanders A 211-5 (25pts) by 15 runs at Town Close in the Ashburnham Solicitors Norfolk Cricket League Division Four South
Sam Johnson’s first ever 50 could not save Melton’s C Team on a day when catches were spilled or lofted shots just did not go to hand.
Andy Kay led the way for the visitors with a hard hitting 58 not out having been invited to make first use of the true track on a hot day at Town Close. His knock built on fine starts by Yuvaraj Sukumar (38), Darren Bunn (31) and Sam Stead (28) all of whom benefited from dropped catches by the home side, or a series of mishit shots which either landed short or just beyond the despairing reach for the fielders, wilting under the afternoon sun.
Steve Phoenix (2-28) was the leading wicket taker for Melton, though Clive Rennie (1-33) was the most economical and Leo de Salis (0-37) kept things tight until being struck for two big sixes by Kay which spoilt his figures.
29 extras, with a dozen wides, did not help the cause.
Bystanders were though even more profligate with 26 wides and 17 byes to help the chase which was started with a watchful 35 from Michael Wormstone before Sam (57) took over with a couple of lovely clips through midwicket and his now trade mark late dab down to 3rdman.
Clive Rennie (14*) chipped in as Melton tried to gain a 5thbatting point, but Leo de Salis, Nick Evans-Loombe and Oli Leinster all failed to progress each having made 11.
Lewis Wilkins (5-35) was the chief destroyer, though Darren Bunn’s (0-22) 10-over spell was a tight opener, ably supported by Phanisankar Peddibholta (1-30)
It was a day when the old adage “catches win matches” certainly rang true.
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