GREAT MELTON (7 points) lost to MATTISHALL (23 points) by 29 runs at Mattishall in the Norfolk Alliance Division 1

E Whiting with 5 wickets in his second spell blew Great Melton’s lower order away asMattishall snatched a suprise win in this closely fought local derby.

The home side’s total of 182 was based on a solid 77 from opener G Chetwood, aided and abetted by 28 extras (21 wides and 7 leg byes).  Only O Hubbard (19) making any other significant contribution.

Chetwood’s innings of 10 boundaries and 2 maximums was vital as wickets tumbled around him.

Ben Mann, finding some consistency, took 2 for 37 in a rare lengthy opening spell.  Spinners Rob Sims (2/51) and Olly Harris – who eventually bowled Chetwood (3/40), were the main tormentors, before Mike Farmer nipped in with 3-22 to mop up the tail and give Melton a good chance to take their first win of the season.

In response, Dave Maskell carried his bat for a well crafted 89, and with support from Rich Wood (12) Ben Mann (17) and Martyn Cook (10), at 107 or 3, looked poised for victory.  That is before E Whiting came back for his second spell.

Starting with a double wicket maiden, his first spell ended 2-13 off 6.  His second spell started with a wicket, and he picked up 4 more in the next 5.5 overs to leave the visitors changing room in tatters, the last 4 batsmen failing to trouble the scorers.

Mattishall – G Chetwood-b Harris – 77; O Hubbard lbw Mann – 19; J Grant b Mann 9; M Milne ct S Mann b Sims – 8; J Cole st Wood b Sims 11; T Spalding b Harris – 10; D Weber b Harris – 1; E Whiting ct B Mann b Farmer – 13; M Cheetham not out 6; K Talbot b Farmer – 0; R Hawkins ct R Wood b Farmer  0; extras 28 (21 wides / 7 leg byes). Total 182

GMCC bowling:​R Waddell- 4-1-18-0; ​B Mann 10-1-37-2; ​R Sims 13-2-51-2; ​O Harris 12-2-40-3; ​M Farmer 6-2-22-3

Great Melton.  D. Maskell not out 89; J Pearse ct Hawkins B Whiting – 8; D Adams lbw Whiting – 0; R Wood ct – b Cheetham – 12; B Mann b Spalding – 17; M Cook b Whiting-  10; S Mann ct – b Whiting – 2; R Waddell lbw Whiting – 0; O Harris b Cheetham– 0; M Farmer lbw Whiting-  0; R Sims lbw Whiting – 0; extras 13( 9wides / 1 bye / 3 leg byes). Total 153

Mattishall bowling:​J Grant 5-1-17-0; ​R Hawkins 4-0-15-0;​E Whiting 12.4 – 3 – 31 – 7;​G Chetwood 2-0-17-0; ​M Cheetham 13-3-35-2; ​T Spalding 4-0-32-1.

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