GREAT MELTON (20 points) beat HILLINGTON (8 points) by 29 Runs at Melton Park in the Mid Norfolk League Boyle Division One
Great Melton’s skipper George Bunn had the perfect start to the day in winning the toss and electing to bat, with Chris Greenslade opening up with his captain.
With both batsmen taking their time to get in, as the early season conditions were making it harder to time their shots early in their innings, the run rate was steady for the first few over’s of the match. Once the pair found their feet the run rate started to creep up and in the 12th over the pair brought up their 50 partnership, with both batsmen finding the boundary with regularity.The visitors needed to make a change, and in doing so brought on their slow bowler S. Thaxton (3-37). The Hillington skipper started to reign the pair back and in the 20th over had Bunn (40) stumped and within 2 over’s had Greenslade (43) well caught by opening bowler M. Taylor on the midwicket boundary.After the opening pair were dismissed the middle order found it harder than they thought to score runs as it seemed easy looking on from the pavilion, with M. Cook (25), M. Clarke (9) and S. Wooldridge (2) all struggling for rhythm. Once Wooldridge was dismissed the score stood at 138-5 with just 7 over’s remaining, enter to the fray Richard Waddell. In partnership with the dogged Lee Whiddett the pair put on an impressive 65 in the last 7 over’s at just over 9 an over, with Waddell reaching his maiden half century for the club on the penultimate ball of the innings hitting 8 fours and a mighty six, bringing the Home side’s total to 203-5.
After tea the visitors reply got off to the worst start possible as Opener A. Jarvis was bowled third ball of the innings by Paul Stearman. By the 8th over of the innings the Visitors had made a steady recovery but by the end of the 9th over Stearman had struck twice more leaving the visitors reeling at 27-3. Hillington steadily rebuilt their innings but Melton’s bowlers continued to tighten the noose with Paul Stearman (3-18) the destroyer in chief supported well by his eldest son Conner Stearman (2-27). After 19 over’s Hillington had got to 82-4 and Melton looking favorites for the win but with opposition struggling and under strength some of the home side lost their focus and standards started to drop with a few catches going down and ground fielding not up to the usual standard. A.M. Jarvis (82) and M. Taylor then put on 79 for the 5th wicket and a few jitters were beginning to be visible in the Melton camp, N. Clarke and R. Waddell struggling to find a consistent line and length and with the one over experiment from skipper Bunn not working something needed to change.Bunn decided to bring on opening batsmen Chris Greenslade and he gave him exactly what his captain wanted, removing the dangerous looking Jarvis for a well made 82 clean bowled first ball. It got better still for Melton as he removed the incoming H. Blackmuir for a golden duck taking two wickets in two balls. Clarke and C. Stearman then returned for second spells taking a wicket a piece to see the innings out eventually winning, by a closer than originally first thought, margin of 29 runs.
Melton travel to Ashmanhaugh Wanderers next weekend looking to make it 3 out of 3 at the start of the season.
Great Melton Innings
C. Greensalde ct Taylor b. S. Thaxton 43, G.Bunn st C. Thaxton b. S. Thaxton 40, M. Cook ct Blackmuir b. S. Thaxton 25, M. Clarke ct Jarvis b. Blackmuir 9, L. Whiddett 16*, S. Wooldridge ct Taylor b. Blackmuir 2, R. Waddell 50*
Total 203-5 (extras 6w, 1nb, 9b, 2lb)
M. Taylor 9-1-29-0, D. Blackmuir 8-0-51-2, S. Thaxton 10-3-37-3, M. Castellan 7-0-35-0, A M Jarvis 6-0-41-0
A. Jarvis b. P. Stearman 0, M. Castellan b. C. Stearman 30, S. Thaxton lbw P. Stearman 15, C. Thaxton lbw P. Stearman 0, A. M. Jarvis b. Greenslade 82, M. Taylor ct Whiddett b. Farmer 19, H. Blackmuir b. Greenslade 0, D. Blackmuir ct Greenslade b. C. Stearman 1, N. Castellan ct Bunn b. N. Clarke 5, C. Jarvis 0 *, A Taylor 0*
Total 174-9 (extras 10w, 6b, 5lb)
P. Stearman 7-0-18-3, M. Farmer 10-1-43-1, N. Clarke 9-2-42-1, C. Stearman 7-2-27-2, R. Waddell 4-1-21-0, G. Bunn 1-0-10-0, C. Greenslade 2-0-2-2