A Team break duck with dramatic last gasp victory
Great Melton A (24 Points) beat Bungay (8) by 16 runs at Melton Park in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
Outstanding individual performances from several players saw Great Melton A get their first win of the season with victory over morning table-toppers Bungay at Melton Park.
Bungay won the toss and inserted the home side and Jason Whiddett and Martin Bunn set about creating a platform. They picked up 13 runs from the first two overs but with the ball swinging prodigiously opening bowlers Fuller and Mattocks proved difficult to get away and Melton struggled to 22-0 from the first 10 overs.
In the 15th over a slightly out of sorts Bunn (12) was bowled by a slower ball from Fuller and then A team debutant Simon Brett (1) went to a fine catch from the Bungay captain. With the score on just 43 in the 17th over, Paul Stearman was sent in to take on the change bowlers and he did produce some momentum on his way to 23 before holing out to deep mid-wicket. Just before that he was involved in the run out of Jason Whiddett, beaten by some excellent fielding. With Olly Harris then out in the same over, the home side looked in trouble at 92-5 from 26 overs.
The momentum of the innings then swung as in-form pair Lee Whiddett (46)and Simon Wooldridge (38) came together. Both ran well and timed the ball sweetly as they put on 64 in 13 overs and that stand set up the innings for some late order hitting from the returning Paul Movel (21). Their efforts allowed the home side to post 198-8, perhaps 20 runs below par but a total capable of defending.
The Bungay reply got off to a solid start until the impressive Adam Thompson had skipper Fuller (9) caught behind by Simon Woods to leave them 20-1 after 6 overs. Mattocks (22) and Tom York then put together the visitors’ best stand as they looked to take the game away from their hosts. It took until the 18th over for the second wicket to fall as Lee Whiddett (2-30) cleaned up Mattocks but with Bungay progressing to 92-2 at halfway they looked in a commanding position.
Step forward the mercurial Paul Movel. With the stage set, the former Melton regular and club legend produced one of his classic bowling displays, with a mixture of away swing, off-cutters and fast deliveries keeping the Bungay batsmen guessing. With Bungay going well skipper Whiddett decided to use his best two bowlers in tandem and when Thompson (12-1-45-2) had York (69) well caught on the long-on fence by Michael Farmer, he exposed an end that Movel exploited as he removed Paine, Masters and then the key remaining batsman Elden (29).
Those wickets swung the game dramatically as Bungay’s lower order struggled to get the ball away and the asking rate shot up quickly as the innings stuttered to 150 in the 36th over. Paul Stearman then returned to blast out the tail with 3 quick wickets and the Bungay run chase was left solely in the hands of H Carroll (20). Melton reduced the visitors to 9 wickets down needing 17 from the last over. From the first ball, Lee Whiddett had Carroll well caught by Simon Brett on the long-on fence to spark jubilant scenes and earn Melton A a fine first victory of the campaign, catapulting them into mid-table.
Great Melton A:
J Whiddett Run Out 27
M Bunn b Fuller 12
S Brett c Fuller b York 1
P Stearman c Masters b Haines 23
L Whiddett c Fuller b Mattocks 46
O Harris c Wise b Haines 0
S Wooldridge b Fuller 38
P Movel c Payne b Mattocks 21
S Woods Not Out 11
A Thompson Not Out 0
Extras 19 (2w, 1nb, 5b, 11lb)
Total (8 Wickets, 46 Overs) 198
C Fuller 12-1-30-2, G Mattocks 12-2-47-2, H Haines 11-0-57-2, T York 10-1-46-1, D Elden 1-0-2-0
G Mattocks b L Whiddett 22
C Fuller c Woods b Thompson 9
T York c Farmer b Thompson 69
M Elden b Movel 29
S Paine b Movel 0
E Masters c & b Movel 4
H Haines c L Whiddett b Stearman 4
H Carroll c Brett b L Whiddett 20
J Masters b Stearman 0
W Hawkins st Woods b Stearman 0
M Wise Not Out 0
Extras 25 (11w, 9b, 5lb)
Total (All Out, 45.1 Overs) 182
A Thompson 12-1-45-2, M Farmer 5-1-15-0, L Whiddett 7.1-0-30-2, P Movel 12-1-54-3, P Stearman 9-1-26-3