GREAT MELTON B (7 points) lost to BELTON (26 points) by 129 runs at Southtown Common in the Norfolk League Division 4
A Melton B side which, strangely, looked weaker than the C team, found Belton too hot to handle on Saturday at Southtown Common. With stand-in skipper Gary Coulson the only regular bowler, Melton found it difficult to contain a Belton side that had compiled a score well in excess of 300 a few week’s earlier. They managed to do a good job for a while despite an achilles injury to Coulson that restricted him to just 6 overs. Fawad Kaiser (12-2-28-2) bowled an excellent spell and, with Simon Brett (10-0-69-2) chipping in with 2 wickets, Belton were 127-5 after 30 overs, thanks mainly to W.Goreham’s 41. With Kaiser and a tiring Brett out of the attack, Coulson then had to turn to his (very) occasional bowlers just as the home side were looking to accelerate. Jim Wimhurst claimed 3 wickets and generally bowled quite well but his 6 overs cost 46 runs while Connor Stearman, Steve Phoenix, Eusha Fawad and the returning Brett all fared no better as some huge hitting from M.Ibrahim (6 sixes in his 62) and some accomplished batting from C.Nichols (49 not out) saw Belton to 257-8, Wimhurst picking up 2 wickets in the last over to give Melton a 4th bowling point.
Melton’s cause was not helped by some poor fielding and at least 5 dropped catches, some of them fairly easy chances, plus 25 wides or no balls!
Steve Clarke and Woody Loines began the Melton reply but Loines was bowled for 3 by the off-spin of Harry Chanchalani who caused huge problems for all the Melton batsmen. Clarke (16) and Kaiser (0) both fell to the spinner who bowled 12 overs, including 7 maidens in succession, returning figures of 3-22. Nicholls removed Brett (1) and Melton had crept to 25-4 in 19 overs and, in fact had been stuck on 25 for 7 overs before Eusha Fawad (11) and Steve Phoenix (25) pushed the score to 61. Dave Bickel (15) hit some good shots to go with a sharp slip catch but Stearman (0) and Brook (3) went cheaply before Wimhurst, coming in at 10, decided attack was the best policy, hammering 7 fours and a six in a very good 36 before being last man out with the score on 128. His innings was enough to see Melton to a 3rd batting point and, considering Melton’s weaknesses, 7 points represented a reasonable afternoon’s work.
With the action at Carrow Road and general unavailability making it a struvery difficult week for Melton, it was always going to be a struggle for the Bs against a side whose 26 points took them to the top of Division 4. There were some good performances, from Kaiser with the ball and Wimhurst, but really Melton were outclassed by a strong Belton side.
S.Day b.Kaiser 11, A.Savoury c. b.Kaiser, A.Ali c.Coulson b.Brett 4, W.Goreham c.Bickel b.Brett 41, R.Goreham st.Clarke b. Stearman, C.Cropley c.Brett b.Wimhurst 13, C.Nichols Not Out 49, M.Ibrahim c.Clarke b.Wimhurst 62, G.Savoury st.Clarke b.Wimhurst, Extras 29. TOTAL (8 wickets) 257 (G.Coulson 6-0-27-0, F.Kaiser 12-2-28-2, S.Brett 10-0-69-2, C.Stearman 4-0-31-1, E.Fawad 3-0-18-0, S.Phoenix 4-0-34-0, J.Wimhurst 6-0-46-3)
Great Melton C
S.Clarke c.Ali b.Chanchalani 16, D.Loines b.Chanchalani 3, S.Brett c.b.Nichols 1, F.Kaiser c.Cropley b.Chanchalani 0, E.Fawad c.b.Nichols 11, S.Phoenix b.Goreham 25, C.Stearman c. & b.Nichols 0, C.Brook c.b.Warner 3, D.Bickel c.b.Savoury 15, J.Wimhurst b.Ali 36, G.Coulson Not Out 6, Extras 10. TOTAL 128 (S.Ali 4.5-1-22-1, H.Chanchalani 12-7-22-1, C.Nichols 12-3-20-3, W.Goreham 7-1-25-1, G.Savoury 5-0-23-0, G.Warner 2-0-8-1)