GREAT MELTON C (7 points) lost to HINGHAM (23 points) by 3 wickets at Town Close in the Norfolk League Division 3W
Despite fielding just 9 players, local rivals Hingham managed to win a game they really had no right to at Town Close against Great Melton C’s. How Melton conspired to lose will haunt them for some time.
Melton lost Rob Smith (5) in the 10th over, with 21 on the board, which let the two veterans, Steve Clarke (71) and Mally Howard(44) bat together for the first time this season. Their partnership of 104 across 25 overs was the back bone of the innings, and lay the foundation of a good competitive score, on a pitch of varied bounce, against bowlers of even more varied pitch, pace and direction. Steve Guy, with his left arm spin, bowled a fantastic tight spell without success. Quinlan Nell also bowled a good opening 6 overs, for just 9 runs. Chris McKay (6), Patrick Walton (0) and Leo de Salis (4) all fell to Daniel Edmonds in pursuit of quick runs, before Sam Carding (19*) and Duncan Greenslade (7*) helped Melton post the above par score of 183-6.
Hingham’s innings set off at a blistering pace, with the 50 coming up in just the 7th over before Danny Key fell to de Salis with Howard taking the catch at mid on. Steve Guy hit is first runs for 6. He would hit five more straight over the rope in a blistering innings of 87 out of his side’s initial 124 before becoming the second wicket down, falling to Rob Smith in the 19th over.
At that stage, Melton was in control, and should have gone on to win. Rob picked up a second wicket, taking a simple return catch to dismiss Nick Scott for 10. Simon Carding, with his usual wily seam, plugged away for a full 12 over spell, nipping out Edmonds without scoring as Steve Clarke took a sharp chin high catch at the wicket, A Harmer caught in the deep by Smith, and ex Melton stalwart Kevin Chillistone bowled.
However, Quinlan Nell proved both obdurate and destructive, as he refused to sway, compiling a steady 33 as the wickets fell around him, and Melton swapped the bowling, with Pat Walton given 4 overs in which he conceded just 16.
At 168 for 6, Stu Wilson was reintroduced to the attack, and immediately took the wicket of S Copplestone for 9. De Salis was brought back with the visitors requiring just 7 to win, and bowled two maidens, and had a very good shout for lbw turned down with the scores level, but was unable to take the final scalp, and Hingham scrambled a single off the 41st over to win with a wicket to spare.
Full credit must go to Steve Guy for his excellent tight bowling spell, and explosive batting which set up a very good win for a side who have struggled all season.