Mid-Norfolk Sunday League Shield Premier Division
North Runcton CC 206-2 (18 points) beat Great Melton 203-5 (7 points) by 8 wickets
It was a day of mixed fortunes for Melton’s debutants on this longest of ‘funday’ trips as the home side took the honours in a repeat of the Hunts Bat Cup final from last September.
Winning the toss and deciding to bat first on a traditionally rock hard pitch was never a difficult choice for captain Hales, especially with availability limiting the away side to just 10.
With a Great Melton Career best of 97 (not out) Tim led the way, ably supported by debutant number 1 Tom Coleman with 56 square of the wicket, in a 155 run partnership having recovered from 10/2. Melton’s 203 total was bolstered by 28 extras.
After the delicious tea, Leo deSalis (8 overs 1/30) nicked his usual early wicket, Coleman juggling his first Melton victim behind the stumps. The age defying bowler had two further nibbles which were not snapped up as the runs were piled on. Craig Luxton (debutant number 2) falling forwards and spilling at slip to cap a debut to forget having pinged a hamstring fielding off a pumped up Aslam.
Ryan Hayward and Joe Bickel both toiled away in vain as the gaps were punched, and Aslam watched in disbelief as his best was launched back over his head for 6 to the Tennis Courts before Rachel Hustler (4 overs 1/23) – Deb 3 – was thrown the ball and invited to break the partnership. With keeper Coleman standing on the leg side to match her left arm swing, G Rawlings (109) was induced into an injudicious prod and lobbed the ball gently to mid wicket, where a now mannequinesque Luxton took a simple catch. Cue whoops and jumps from the delighted bowler. At the other end, M Skerritt (83*) stood awaiting to face one more ball to despatch to the boundary to secure a comfortable 8-wicket victory.
On a very positive note, the visitors’ bowlers were fantastically mean, giving up just a single no ball to add to two byes in their combined spells.