Great Melton (20) beat Aldborough (6) by 5 wickets in the Mid-Norfolk League Boyle Division 1.
Great Melton side got back into the swing of things with a 5 wicket win over Aldborough in their first league match for a month on Sunday.
Winning the toss Aldborough decided to have first use of the same track that had produced 550 plus runs the day before.
It was Navin Sharma who struck the first blow as he first removed A. Siddall for 0 then the next ball got the key wicket of Troy Allen bowling him for his fourth consecutive duck against a Melton side.
The visitors then had a period of rebuilding as G. Mackintosh (9) and A. Youngman (29) added 52 for the 3rd wicket then skipper Whiddett brought Marcus Mawby into the attack who bowled with good pace and once he found his line within 4 overs had broken the partnership trapping Mackintosh lbw then in his next over the same did for Youngman.
Whiddett rang the changes once again bringing Nick Mackenzie and Neal Clarke into the attack. Mackenzie bowled with an excellent line and length and got his reward in his 3rd over knocking over C. Kennard for 1 and was unlucky not to have a couple more wickets quickly as a couple of catches went down.
With thunder threatening all around the ground it seemed Clarke was trying to spin through some overs quickly and in doing so had T. Nicholson trapped lbw for 9 to take his 300th wicket for the club, two overs later Mackenzie had his second when R. Fisher was smartly caught at gully by N. Clarke, the visitors now struggling on 81-7.
The innings soon came to an end as George Bunn picked up a couple of wickets, the second of which sharply stumped by Matt Clarke to leave Melton the small target of 110 for victory.
The hosts reply didn’t start well as Tim Hales (2), George Ducker (1) and Lee Whiddett (2) all fell before the score was on 20. Matt Clarke and Martyn Cook then steadied the ship with a partnership of 21 but then Cook played a poor shot to be caught at mid-off to leave Melton on 41-4.
Nick Mackenzie joined Clarke at the crease and they batted sensibly knocking the ball around ticking the score along until the change bowlers came on and they started to score more freely with Mackenzie in particular being very aggressive, looking to get the game over with sooner rather than later, hitting a huge 6 down the ground off Youngman.
With both batsmen getting into the 30’s and with 5 needed to win Mackenzie tried to sweep Mackintosh for another boundary only to trapped lbw for an excellent 37, leaving Michael Farmer to finish the innings of hitting a 4 to win the game by 5 wickets.
A. Siddall b. Sharma 0, G. Mackintosh LBW b. Mawby 9, T. Allen b. Sharma 0, A. Youngman LBW b. Mawby 29, C. Kennard b. Mackenzie 1, T. Nicholson LBW b. N. Clarke 9, J. Phillips 18*, R. Fisher ct N. Clarke b. Mackenzie 2, B. Kennard st M. Clarke b. Bunn 11, M. Mears LBW b. Bunn. TOTAL 109-9 (all out) (27 Extras). M. Farmer 7-2-14-0, N. Sharma 5-0-24-2, M. Mawby 5-0-22-2, N. Mackenzie 7-2-21-2, N. Clarke 6-0-14-1, G. Bunn 2.5-1-9-2
Great Melton Innings.
T. Hales b. Mears 2, G. Ducker LBW b. Allen 1, L. Whiddett b. Allen 2, M. Clarke 31*, M. Cook ct Youngman b. Mears 6, N. Mackenzie LBW b. Mackintosh 37, M. Farmer 5*. TOTAL 110-5 (27 Extras). T. Allen 9-0-25-2, M. Mears 7-2-13-2, A. Youngman 4-0-31-0, G. Mackintosh 4.3-0-22-1