GREAT MELTON B (24pts) beat ST. ANDREWS (3pts) by 7 wickets at Town Close in the Norfolk League Division 2.
Rarely has a game been so one sided as this match between two sides separated by just 1 ½ points at the start of play at the foot of Division Two. St Andrews, who had won the corresponding fixture by nearly 100 runs earlier in the summer, thought they would do the same here, but failed to learns lessons as half the batsmen perished in similar manner, before the tail was blown away.
Simon Woolridge, who batted with patience, allowing the ball to come to him, and accumulating sensibly, and Woody Loines, who found the slow low bounce to his liking, made batting look easy, and took the game away from the visitors in a dominant 85 run partnership.
Adopting a shorter run up, Leo de Salis found some control, and benefitted from the rashness of the St Andrews’ top order. Looking to be aggressive and smash the ball to all corners, they merely lobbed the ball into the air. Scales (Woolridge), Parsons & Oxbury (Hughes), and Warminger (Burgess) all lofted gentle catches to help extend Leo’s wicket tally to 606 for Melton. Rob Smith had earlier struck to bowl Quinton for 5 during a very tight, probing spell. The visitors were 52-5 and in deep trouble.
W. Wright (24), N. Chinman (18) and M. Freestone (19) made some very useful middle order runs, but could not do enough, and by the time Kapila had removed B. Mills and A. Bailey in consecutive deliveries, the sorry total was a mere 122.
Steve Clarke (1) and Tony Alborough (4) were barely able to trouble the scorers in the reply and the hosts were looking a little shaky at 6-2 off 7 overs.
Simon and ‘Woody’ then began to slowly put a partnership together, scampering quick singles; defending anything vaguely straight, cutting anything wide and playing the odd exquisite cover drive. Their 85 runs together came in the 23rd over, a rate of 5.31, without any trouble, before Loines was caught in the covers.
Kapila blocked his first ball, and allowed Simon to take the very well deserved applause for his fifty. The Sri Lankan then smashed his 2nd ball over long on for 6; Simon, now scoring freely himself, hit 2 big maximums of his own, outscoring his partner in their 33 run partnership off just 14 deliveries. Kapila finished the rout with a massive 6 over long on, to leave Melton just ½ a point behind their west Norwich rivals.
A Scales c Woolridge b de Salis 5; T Quinton b R Smith 5; P Parsons c Hughes b de Salis 1; AS warmonger c Burgess b de Salis 18; P Oxbury c Hughes b de Salis 7; W Wright b Hughes 24; N Chinman b Burgess 18; M Freestone c V Sharma b Hughes 19; C Wright 8*; B Mills st Clarke b Kapila 0; A Bailey b Kaplia 0. Extras 15 TOTAL 122 (R Smith 10-3-21-1; L de Salis 12-2-36-4; S Brett 7-3-24-0; F Burgess 4-0-18-1; L Hughes 3-0-7-2; Kapila 2.4-0-4-2).
Great Melton B
S Clarke c Warminger b Wright 1; A Alborough lbw Oxbury 4; S Woolridge 68*; D Loines c Chinman b Freestone 36; Kapila 14*, extras 1. TOTAL (3 wickets) 124 (W Wright 8-4-29-1; P Oxbury 7-2-23-1; A Bailey 5.1-0-42-0; M Freestone 5-0-29-1).