GREAT MELTON A (5 points) lost to GARBOLDISHAM A (25 points) by 8 wickets at Melton Park in the Norfolk Alliance Division 4

Great Melton A team suffered an ignominious defeat resembling much of the 2015 season at the hands of Garboldisham, for whom J Wyatt blasted a century in just 24 overs.

The afternoon had started so brightly for the much changed side, as Woody Loines (46) made hay in the sunshine. Melton’s openers scored at a run a ball for the first 10 overs, Woody, in particular, severe on anything outside off stump, peppering the point boundary. Neal Clarke (39) was more circumspect, following captain’s instructions. 72 for the first wicket off 14, became 75 after Jon Moxon’s brief sojourn. He was soon followed back to the pavilion by Connor Streaman and Alex Pattison as the hosts fell to 100-4.  Matt Henderson (21) and David Bunn (14) offered some middle order impetus, but two needless run outs and some injudicious swipes saw four wickets fall for ten runs, to leave the home side to try to eek out the remaining overs, whilst posting a competitive total. 20 extras bolstered the total of 179 all out.

The Garboldisham innings began in ‘Harmison’ like fashion, as Melton’s aged opener slipped on delivery and sent the ball off to second slip region. The control was not there from either de Salis or Mawby, struggling with the slope, and Garby raced to 30 off 3.  Woods rotated his bowlers in an attempt to find some sort of reliability. De Salis did remove Ben Mann, psyched out facing his former team mate, to a simple catch to Alex Pattison at cover, but no-one looked threatening as Wyatt (101*) and Warby (34) punished anything and almost everything.
Matt Henderson, proving his worth to the side, provided some restraint conceding just 27 in his 8 overs, but the damage was being done at the other end as Bunn and Sims saw 66 thrashed off their combined 6 overs.  De Salis was asked to bowl down the hill, and had a flailing Warby stumped off a rare straightish delivery, before Neal Clarke was handed the ball just after drinks with 16 needed. Wyatt wanted 14 for his centrury. At the end of the over he duly thanked Simon Woods for the change as he despatched the ball over the ropes for consecutive boundaries.

This was a chastening defeat for the hosts, for whom life back in Division Four is looking a tough experience.

Great Melton A
D Loines b Gooderum 46, N Clarke ct A Whistler b Feaveryear 39, J Moxon ct B Mann b R Olin 6, C Stearman lbw b Gooderum 0, A Pattison b R Opin 5, M Henderson b S Taylor 21, S Woods run out 5, D Bunn b Feaveryear 14, M Mawby run out 0, R Sims b S Taylor 5, R de Salis not out 8, Extras 20. Total 179 (S Taylor 8 – 1 -40 – 2;
P Philpot 8 – 3 – 58 – 0; G Gooderum 9 – 1 – 20 – 2; R Olpin 9 – 2 – 32 – 2; A Feaveryear 6.3 – 1 – 26 – 2; J Buckmaster 3 – 1 – 17 – 0

Garboldisham A
J Wyatt not out 101, B Mann ct Patison b de Salis 8, J Warby st Woods b de Salis 34, J Buckmaster nout out 17
Extras 20. Total (2 wickets) 180 (R de Salis 7 – 0 – 45 – 2; M Mawby 2 – 0 – 17 – 0; D Bunn 3 – 0 – 27 – 0; M Henderson 8 – 0 – 27 – 0; R Sims 3 – 0 – 39 – 0; N Clarke 1 – 0 – 16 – 0)

Richard deSalis

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