Great Melton Superheroes First Team beat Burridge by 2 wickets at Burridge C.C. on Monday 8th August
With the Superheroes ‘A side’ under the captaincy of Minished starting off the tour with defeat against Hospital Services on Sunday it was left to the First Team skippered by the Chairman to restore some pride – and they duly did, Alex Cooper, Paul Stearman and Martyn Cook starring in a 2-wicket win over Burridge. Unlike Hospital Services, who seemed to ‘get’ the Superheroes idea, Burridge looked somewhat bemused at the arrival of the ‘Mission Control’ party, including “undynamic duo”, aka Bubble (Batman) and Moxy (Robin), a Transformer (Mike) and Hong Kong Phooey (Gazzer) among others, dragging the players’ bags along the lane to the ground. Once the fact had sunk in that, underneath the vibrant costumes lurked mere mortals, whose only superpowers were in recovering from the previous night’s exertions and whose flatulance had a strange symphonic quality, young skipper Ben Lane, was able to toss up and decided to bat first on a good-looking track.
Burridge are a club, similar to Melton, who run 4 Saturday teams and, even though their South African ‘oversees’ was on bar and barbecue rather than playing duties, they had an impressive opening batsman in Wight whose first five scoring shots were all boundaries, most of them powerful drives through extra cover. Nathan Devlin and Jake Mardell bowled impressive opening spells, though, and Mardell was rewarded with the wicket of Slaughter, caught by Chefy for 8. Mardell returned figures of 8-2-41-1 but 12 came off the final over. Paul Stearman and Alex Cooper then came on and both picked up wickets to leave Burridge on 87-3 off 21 overs. Stearman then bowled the dangerous Wight for 64 in a spell of 8-1-31-2 but skipper Lane was batting well and soon reached his 50. Ryan Hayward (4-0-24-0) and Martyn Cook (5-0-20-0) were given a bowl before Devlin and Cooper returned for the final overs. Burridge eventually reached 200-5 and, although left-hander Lane was still there at the end having scored a very impressive 65, the home side never ever got away from Melton who, despite the inane drivel constantly spewing from the mouths of some fielders (i.e. Clarkey and Chefy), generally performed well. Nathan finished with 7-0-28-0 and Coops 8-0-45-2.
The Chairman was confident his strong batting line-up could chase down the runs and Coops and Dave Allum got off to a good start with 66 for the first wicket before Coops was bowled by Creal for 44. Allum got an edge to the wicketkeeper and was out for 18 quickly followed by Olly Phoenix for 1 but a partnership of 76 in 9 overs between the Chef and Stears put the home side on the back foot. Chefy’s 41 included 7 fours and Stearman hit 44 including 8 fours and a six. The Chair weighed in with a cameo 11 including a magnificent demonstration of hitting the full-toss to leg and there was plenty of amusement as Marcus took being given out lbw by Bubble for a duck VERY BADLY! Forgetting his phone so that his mum had to rendevous with the coach at Attleborough, captaining the tourists to a first-day defeat, his ‘unfortunate’ duck, and the gloom engendered by the performance of his young guns in the football, certainly secured the title ‘grumpiest tourist’ for the Minished.
At 171-7 and with last man Ryan Hayward with his head down the toilet, it looked touch and go for Melton but Clarkey batted well at the death and, even tough Nathan was out for 9 with 5 runs still needed and a seedy-looking ‘Creature’ padded up and complete with bat and sick bucket, Clarkey saw us home finishing the game with a huge six and 7 overs to spare.
There was time for a barbecue, kindly laid on by the hosts, more beer was consumed, the fines were collected and the Superheroes made their way into Southampton for the evening, still trumpeting their special powers. By this time it was easily apparent why some of the Superheroes wear another pair of pants OVER their trousers!
Wight b.Stearman 64, Slaughter c.Cook b.Mardell 8, Kandy b.Stearman 4, Rood b.Cooper 6, B.Lane Not Out 65, Creal b.Cooper 17, P.Kandy Not Out 0, Extras 36. TOTAL (5 wickets) 200 (N.Devlin 7-0-28-0, J.Mardell 8-2-41-1, P.Stearman 8-1-31-2, A.Cooper 8-0-45-2, R.Hayward 4-0-24-0, M.Cook 5-0-20-0)
A.Cooper b.Creal 44, D.Allum c.Lane b.Wright 18, O.Phoenix b.Wright 1, M.Cook c.Creal b.Wright 41, P.Stearman c.Rood b.Wight 44, S.Phoenix b.Creal 11, M.Godbold lbw Creal 0, N.Devlin b.J.Griffiths 9, M.Clarke Not Out 24, J.Mardell Not Out 0, Extras 14. TOTAL (8 wickets) 206 (J.Griffiths 6-1-31-1, M.Griffiths 5-0-31-0, Creal 8-2-18-3, Wright 6-0-44-2, P.Kandy 4-0-33-0, Wight 7-0-45-1)