Great Melton C (24 points) beat Felthorpe A (4 points) at Town Close by 7 wickets in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 6
Two Melton stalwarts, Leo DeSalis and Mally Howard, took centre-stage as Great Melton C announced they were back in the Division 6 promotion race with a 7-wicket victory over rivals Felthorpe. DeSalis took 5-20, including a hat-trick as the visitors, put in under cloudy skies, were dismissed for 149, then skipper Howard scored an unbeaten 62 to lead Melton to victory inside 25 overs. Good opening spells by Kyle Mason (10-1-31-0) and Jake Mardell (10-3-25-1) kept Felthorpe to 57-1 off 20 overs but skipper Carpenter and Tristan Stoneman were showing plenty of resilience. In fact they took the score to 95, a partnership of 88, before DeSalis trapped Stoneman lbw for 53. A number of straightforward catches were put down but Mardell eventually snapped up Carpenter (34) off the bowling of Kevin Frazer to leave Felthorpe at 104-3. Robinson (19) and Norwell (13) looked dangerous for a time and, at 140-4 a decent score looked in prospect. Navin Sharma removed both Robinson and Stoneman – the latter very well caught by Mardell at mid-off – and, in the very next over, DeSalis bowled Lewis, had N.Stoneman caught at gulley by Mardell and Sicklemore snapped up at slip by Frazer in successive balls to give him his hat-trick. A second slip catch by Frazer gave DeSalis his ‘fifer’ and Felthorpe had lost 6 wickets for 9 runs to be all out for 149.
George King went for 7 in Melton’s reply but James Dorling (21) added 40 with Howard before he was out lbw. This brought Simon Brett to the wicket and he proceeded to play some fine shots in an aggressive 40. With Howard in a similarly positive frame of mind and with a few spots of rain in the air, there was a flurry of boundaries. Brett hit 7 fours and a six before being bowled with just 10 runs needed. The pair had added 87. Sharma joined Howard but he didn’t face a ball as Howard blasted a four and a six to win the game, his 62 including 9 fours and 2 sixes.
G.Sutton c.Frazer b.Mardell 5, G.Carpenter c.Mardell b.Frazer 34, T.Stoneman lbw DeSalis 53, G.Robinson c. & b. Sharma 19, J.Spicker b.Frazer 4, M.Norwell c.Mardell b.Sharma 13, B.Lewis b.DeSalis 0, A.Shah Not Out 0, N.Stoneman c.Mardell b.DeSalis 0, D.Sicklemore c.Frazer b.DeSalis 0, M.Leak c.Frazer b.DeSalis 5, Extras 16. TOTAL 149 (K.Mason 10-1-31-0, J.Mardell 10-3-25-1, N.Sharma 7-1-34-2, S.Brett 3-1-9-0, L.DeSalis 9-3-20-5, K.Frazer 5-0-24-2)
Great Melton C
G.King c.Carpenter b.Spicker 7, J.Dorling lbw Leak 21, M.Howard Not Out 62, S.Brett b.Spicker 40, N.Sharma Not Out 0, Extras 20. TOTAL (3 wickets) 150 (N.Stoneman 5-0-24-0, J.Spicker 9-0-41-2, M.Leak 4-0-22-1, D.Sicklemore 3-0-25-0, A.Shah 2-0-16-0, M.Norwell 1.5-0-15-0)