GREAT MELTON A (2 Points) lost to HOCKWOLD (25pts) in Division 5 of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance
A new record partnership for the 10th wicket in the A Team was the only highlight for Melton in a 10 wicket defeat at the hands of promotion-chasing Hockwold.
When the 2 sides met earlier in the season the Melton fielders suffered a collective stiff neck, watching the ball sail over them time & time again as Hockwold’s Joel Gilmour made a colossal 257 out of 372. Keen to avoid a repeat, Melton skipper Simon Woods had no hesitation batting first on winning the toss.
Lee Whiddett nicked off for only 2 early on but Tim Hales looked in good touch, plundering several boundaries until he surprisingly misjudged an off-cutter & was bowled round his legs for 24. Connor Stearman (21) offered some resistance for a while but a procession of wickets fell at the other end, leaving the score at a paltry 65-8 when rain intervened after 20 overs. 1 hour 45 mins and a tea interval later, play resumed with Melton playing for pride, looking to extend the game as long as possible. Woods (44*) & Moye kept things tight for a while until Tom was run out by a direct hit but from then on the skipper & 13 year old Lohit Kannan (7), showing a sound temprament & good judgement of his off stump, resisted for some 20 overs. The partnership (average age 29 1/2) was only broken in the 45th & final over, by which time it was worth 47 runs & had secured 2 unlikely batting points for the hosts.
Hockwold made light work of the run chase. Gilmour continued where he left off, racing to another 50, ably supported by his skipper Roy Bland. Melton were unable to break the partnership in spite of a couple of good chances & the winning runs were brought up in the 18th over.
Hockwold will, along with Snettisham, deservedly be promoted to Division 4 next season. Both sides have proven to be far too strong for the rest of the division.
Full match scorecard can be found here: http://greatmelton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3135719