GREAT MELTON B (24 points) beat DRAYTON (4 points) by 8 wickets at Drayton in the Norfolk League Division 2
Great Melton B’s gained from improved availability, welcoming back Jon Moxon and Leo de Salis from the A’s, and the tourist Jack Pearce for this first return fixture. All three played prominent roles in what transpired to be a comfortable away win.
Tim Woods with a careful and patient 45 was the mainstay of the home side’s innings, as they progressed to a half century opening stand. Then carnage ensued as three wickets fell in one Fawad over. Alex Patison making amends for a missed catch with a run out, followed by two wickets in two balls for the international spinner, the second a diving catch from Moxon.
Aslam had tried hard to make in roads, as had a controlled Kyle Mason, without rewards. De Salis also toiled away, restricting the runs without success, in a now typically mean spell (10-4-20-0).
Aslam’s third spell was devastating, leaving him with 3-15 from his 10 overs, and aided by Neal Clarke(3-23), removed the lower order in double quick time. Kyle also chipped in with a thoroughly deserved scalp.
There had been one break for rain as heavy clouds, rolls of thunder and even a flash of lightning skirted the ground. A second break, after tea, barely disrupted the proceedings, as a watchful Pearce (64*) and an initially more aggressive Moxon (44*) took to the bowling with relish. Both gradually unleashed brutal blows to take the game away from the hosts, Jack putting the ball over the square leg boundary for consecutive 6’s as well as driving sumptuously past mid off, to seal an impressive victory.