A team struggles continue as home comforts prove cold
Great Melton A (6 Points) lost to Garboldisham A (23) by 5 wickets at Melton Park in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
Great Melton A:
M Bunn c Freake b Emms 40
L Whiddett caught b Wright 12
N Clarke stumped b Freake 45
S Wooldridge caught b Emms 1
J Moxon Run Out 25
T Wyatt b Olpin 13
G Ducker caught b Olpin 14
T Hales b Freake 0
S Woods c & b Freake 4
C Wright Not Out 1
A Thompson Not Out 0
Total (9 Wickets, 46 Overs) 176
C Jones 6-1-42-0, A Emms 12-4-22-2, C Wright 12-3-22-1, A Freake 8-2-35-3, C Olpin 8-1-43-2
D Moon Run Out (Ducker) 16
A Whistler c Ducker b Thompson 7
J Worby c Woods b Whiddett 65
A Freake Run Out (Wyatt/Woods) 3
D Culling Not Out 34
J Dunkinson c Ducker b Whiddett 0
C Wright Not Out 31
Total (5 Wickets, 37 Overs) 178
C Wright 12-2-43-0, A Thompson 12-3-29-1, N Clarke 4-0-30-0, L Whiddett 9-1-63-2
Great Melton A's difficult season continued as they were ultimately comfortably beaten by Garboldisham A at a chilly Melton Park.
Put into bat, the A's had put together an improved batting display. Martin Bunn and Lee Whiddett put on 62 for the first wicket in 17 overs, before both fell in quick succession to poor shots. They struggled to rebuild the innings with only 4 runs added in a period of 10 overs, before, following the cheap dismissal of Simon Wooldridge, housemates Jon Moxon and Neal Clarke added 65 for the 4th wicket. Clarke in particular put a slow start behind him and as his footwork improved he struck 7 boundaries in a knock of 45. Moxon made a useful 25 to continue his promising season, and that partnership tee'd up a late charge as quick runs flowed from the bats of Toby Wyatt (13) and George Ducker (14), allowing Melton to post a competitive 176-9 on a damp surface.
The Garboldisham reply started well for Melton as Chris Wright continued his decent early season form with a probing spell and Adam Thompson proved as effective as ever at this level. He dismissed Whistler to a solid catch from Ducker, before Ducker became the hero with an outstanding piece of fielding. First he dived full length to his left at cover to prevent a certain boundary, before picking up and throwing down the stumps direct to remove Moon (16). With Freake throwing his wicket away in a suicidal run, Garboldisham were 36-3 after 14 overs.
The game however turned as the opening bowlers completed their spells and no.3 Worby attacked change bowlers Clarke and Whiddett. Clarke was unable to repeat his batting heroics with the ball as a number of loose deliveries were despatched to the leg side boundary, and Whiddett was dismissed imperiously in conceding 34 runs in 3 overs. All the pressure was released as the score went to 114-3 from 25 overs.
Whiddett did finally remove Worby (65) as he edged a ball straight up which was easily snaffled by Simon Woods and Duckinson soon followed for a duck to another Ducker catch. But with the run rate not an issue, Dulling (34no) and Wright (31) were able to ease their way over the line despite a luckless spell from the returning Wright, Garboldisham reaching their target in 37 overs.
The loss of bowling options Daryl Godbold and Michael Farmer from the original selected side proved a crucial factor in a game in which Melton were on top for the first three quarters.