GREAT MELTON C (7 points) lost to HINGHAM (23 points) by 3 wickets at Town Close in the Norfolk League Division 3
An unbeaten 72 from Hingham’s Steve Guy was the difference between two evenly matches sides as Melton C slipped to their second defeat of the season. On a wicket of unpredictable bounce Melton’s total of 176-7 was the result of several useful, but no big, contributions and Hingham showed a depth of batting that enabled them to get over the line as Melton’s bowlers served up too many four balls. Guy profited the most, coming in at number 3 and anchoring the Hingham innings to see his side to victory in the 38th over.
Having been invited to bat, Melton C lost openers Steve Clarke (13) and David Bunn (14) in quick succession but Woody Loines and Eusha Fawad took the score to 76 before the former edged to wicketkeeper Pattison for 19. Fawad Kaiser joined his son but didn’t last long as he also edged behind for a duck. Eusha was then joined by Aimee Palmer and the pair batted well, fending off some difficult rising deliveries from Craig Edwards and taking the score to 111 before the ‘Nelson’ claimed Eusha who top-edged a catch to Cooper off Guy for a good-looking 35. Steve Phoenix went first ball leaving the youngsters, Palmer, James Robb and Rob Smith to see Melton to a competitive score. Robb added 7 but Smith and Palmer batted well, Smith hitting a flurry of boundaries in his unbeaten 27 with Palmer also not out at the end, having batted 20 overs for her 27. Melton’s total of 176-7 would have been considerably lower had Hingham taken more of the catches that came there way but Dicks (12-2-51-4), Scent (10-1-38-0), Edwards (11-3-30-2) and Stephen Guy (12-2-40-1) all returned reasonable figures.
Melton felt they had a chance, given the unpredictability of the wicket, and Rob Smith forced an early breakthrough bowling Edmonds for 10. Simon Carding then bowled fellow opener Pattison (8) while Steve Clarke pouched an excellent catch off Sam Carding to remove Sam Guy (9) and leave Hingham 48-3 off 15 overs. The dangerous-looking Steve Guy then appeared to be caught on the long off boundary by a tumbling Phoenix who was winded in the process but, with Guy nearly back in the pavilion, the fielder revealed he had dropped the ball as he fell and Guy was recalled. He made the most of his let-off, adding 37 with Edwards (18) and 39 with Dicks (23) as Melton’s bowlers struggled to find a consistent line and length. Fawad Kaiser (5-0-22-2) grabbed two quick wickets to give Melton hope and Rob Smith (11-1-46-1) bowled well, showing a welcome return to form, while Simon Carding (10-5-1-30-2) was his usual consistent self. With Guy now well-set, however, and Scott Greer-Hardy (11 not out) looking solid at number 9, Hingham won with a bit to spare.
Great Melton C
D.Bunn c.Sam Guy b. Dicks 13, S.Clarke c.Edwards b.Dicks 14, D.Loines c.Pattison b.Edwards 19, E.Fawad c.Cooper b.Guy 35, F.Kaiser c.Pattison b.Edwards o, A.Palmer Not Out 27, S.Phoenix c.Sam Guy b.Dicks 0, J.Robb c.Harmer b.Dicks 7, R.Smith Not Out 27, Extras 34. TOTAL (7 wickets) 176 (J.Dicks 12-2-51-4; J.Scent 10-1-38-0; C.Edwards 11-3-30-2; Stephen Guy 12-2-40-1).
A.Pattison b.Simon Carding 8, D.Edmonds b.Smith 10, Steve Guy Not Out 72, Sam Guy c.Clarke b.Sam Carding 9, J.Anderson st.Clarke b.Robb 5, C.Edwards c.Phoenix b.Kaiser 18, J.Scent lbw Kaiser 0, J.Dicks b.Simon Carding 23, S.Greer-Hardy Not Out 11, Extras 23. TOTAL (7 wickets) 179 (R.Smith 11-1-46-1; Simon Carding 10.5-1-30-2; Sam Carding 3-0-23-1; J.Robb 5-0-27-1; F.Kaiser 5-0-22-2; D.Bunn 3-0-25-0)