GREAT MELTON B (24 points) beat COSTESSEY (6 points) by 2 wickets at Costessey in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 3
Craig Woolrich, 14, marked his debut for Great Melton B with a five-star display in a tension-filled low-scoring match at Costessey. Young Craig, promoted to the Bs after a good display in the C Team’s defeat at Felthorpe the previous Saturday, took 6-20 and hit the winning runs as Melton, set only 98 to win, crept over the line by just 2 wickets. Having won the toss, Woody Loines had no hesitation in bowling first, with the wicket dry and dusty and the skies overcast. Woolrich struck early in his opening spell, clean-bowling Bottoms (1) and Horner (0) and, with the ever-reliable Gary Coulson removing Foxcroft (0), Costessey were floundering at 21-3. Despite some dogged resistance from Costessey skipper Graham Taylor, batting looked far from easy with the ball bouncing unpredictably. When Coulson ended his 7-over spell of 2-15, the score stood at 36-5 but Taylor and Smith survived for 13 overs, adding 49 before the returning Woolrich bowled Smith for 21. Taylor(47) then missed a long-hop from Fawad Kaiser and was bowled to leave the ‘tail’ at the mercy of a rampant Woolrich. He duly mopped up to give himself best-ever figures of 8-0-20-6, clean-bowling 5 of his victims and catching the other himself! Kaiser finished with 2-27 from his 10 overs.
If Costessey found batting difficult, Melton fared little better. Olly Phoenix, making a rare visit to Norfolk, was well caught by Baxter at point for 1 and fellow-opener Eusha Fawad was run out by the same player for 3. Loines and James Dorling then took the score to 41 before the aggressive Dorling (17) was brilliantly caught one-handed and on the run by Foxcroft. Loines batted well for his 37-ball 33 but wickets kept falling. Steve Horner (8-2-21-4) was proving a handful and, when Kaiser was 8th out for 4, Melton were still 7 runs short of victory and Costessey had their tails up. It was left to the young pairing of Jake Mardell and Woolrich to see Melton home and, showing a calmness that many of their more experienced teammates had lacked, they nudged their side to victory, Woolrich fittingly hitting the winning four in the 32nd over.
G.Taylor b.Kaiser 47, A.Bottoms b.Woolrich 1, B.Foxcroft b.Coulson 0, S.Horner c.Dorling b.Woolrich 0, A.Taylor c.Loines b.Coulson 5, Y.Kumar c.Moxon b.Kaiser 0, C.Smith b.Woolrich 21, J.Taylor c & b.Woolrich 0, B.Baxter b.Woolrich 4, D.Pollard b.Woolrich 2, D.Rudd Not Out 3, Extras 7. TOTAL 97 (G.Coulson 7-1-15-2, C.Woolrich 8-0-20-6, F.Kaiser 10-0-27-2, J.Mardell 6-0-25-0)
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O.Phoenix c.Baxter b.Pollard 1, E.Fawad Run Out 3, D.Loines c.Bottoms b.J.Taylor 33, J.Dorling c.Foxcroft b.Smith 17, S.Phoenix b.Horner 0, J.Moxon c.Bottoms b.Horner 2, G.Ducker c.G.Taylor b.Horner 9, F.Kaiser c. & b.Horner 4, J.Mardell Not Out 2, C.Woolrich Not Out 7, Extras 24. TOTAL (8 wickets) 103. (C.Smith 8-1-32-1, D.Pollard 7-1-22-1, J.Taylor 8.3-1-24-1, S.Horner 8-2-21-4)