GREAT MELTON B (26 points) beat CRINGLEFORD LODGE (7 points) by 60 Runs at Town Close School in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 3
Great Melton B looked to get back to winning ways after their first loss of the season last week to top of the table Martham and in winning the toss Woody Loines decided to bat first.
Melton got off to a steady start putting on 46 for the first wicket before Neal Clarke departed for 15. Alborough was joined at the crease by skipper Loines and they both continued to hit the bad ball to the boundary until Loines was out for 14.
Alborough departed 5 short of his half century which now brought Chris McKay and Toby Wyatt to the wicket. McKay was looking very assured steadily building his innings running well between the wickets and punishing any bad balls. Unfortunately for Melton their innings never got going and as last week they got a partnership going and then would lose a wicket so there were never any really significant partnerships. Once McKay had departed for a well made 52 the middle order of Fawad Kaiser (23), George ducker (33n.o) and Jake Mardell (16) continued to tick Melton’s stuttering innings toward the 200 mark.
In particular Fawad Kaiser and George Ducker hitting boundaries when the innings needed to steer Melton past the 200 mark and gain maximum batting points. Melton’s innings eventually finishing on 224-8 at total which they were very happy to defend.
After tea Melton went out on the attack looking to take early wickets, with Cringleford’s reputation of doing everything at a very slow pace they wanted to get the match won as quickly as possible.
The early overs produced very little in the way of chances but with men around the bat and the bowlers sticking to their line and lengths it felt like only a matter of time before wickets would start to fall. The fifth over was when the first wicket fell with Jon Moxon and George Ducker combing to run out opener M. Woods (12). The second wicket fell in the next over as Jake Mardell had R. Rahul (1) caught in the deep by Loines.
Wickets began to fall at regular intervals and with the score on 116-5 it looked as if the home side would wrap up the game quickly. Cringleford then fought back in F. Chaudry (42) and G. Wheeler (23) the pair putting on 40 for the 6th wicket hitting boundaries at will and looking as if they may just chase down their target of 225. Things then predictably seemed to slow up with the Cringleford batsmen taking an age to be ready for the next ball added with a few historyonics with Chaudry having cramp and a short delay for treatment the overs were not getting bowled very quickly and the game seemed to stall.
Chris McKay was then brought into the attack to try and break the partnership which after his first two overs going for 17 he got his man having the dangerous Chaudry caught of his own bowling. Skipper Loines then decided to change things around by bringing his two slow bowlers on in Neal Clarke and Fawad Kaiser to try and get through some overs quickly.
It was a good decision as Melton bowled there next 10 overs in around 20 minutes really spinning through the overs and as a result Cringleford ford were running out of overs to score the runs required, with Fawad Kaiser bowling very straight bowling all three of his victims to finish with an impressive spell of 2.1-2-0-3.
Having bowled and fielded very well Melton picked up maximum 26 points to go into their next game full of confidence and looking to continue their good start to the season with another win.
Great Melton ‘B’
N. Clarke ct. Woods b. G. Longman 15
A. Alborough ct. Longman b. D. Critchfield 45
D. Loines ct. Wheeler b. Rahul 14
C. McKay ct. A. Garrod b. E. Critchfield 52
T. Wyatt ct. Rahul b. Chuesang 13
J. Moxon ct. Chaudry b. Chuesang 0
F. Kaiser ct. Chuesang b. E. Critchfield 23
G. Ducker not out 33
J. Mardell st. Woods b. E. Critchfield 16
G. Coulson not out 1
TOTAL 224-8 (extras 12)
G. Longman 7-1-33-1, F. Chaudry 9-2-25-0, D. Critchfield 12-3-45-1, R. Rahul 6-0-35-1, J. Chuesang 7-1-43-2, E. Critchfield 4-0-29-3
J. Chuesang ct. G. Ducker b. Coulson 17
M. woods run out 12
R. Rahul ct. Loines b. Mardell 1
C. Stearman ct. Loines b. Coulson 26
A. Iggy ct. Moxon b. McKay 12
F. Chaudry ct+b McKay 42
g. Longman b. Kaiser 10
G. Wheeler b. Kaiser 23
A. Garrod ct. G. Ducker b. N. Clarke 0
D. Critchfield b. Kaiser 5
E. Critchfield not out 0
TOTAL 154 all out (extras 6)
G. Coulson 12-1-52-2, J. Mardell 7-0-19-1, K. Mason 6-0-17-0, C. McKay 6-1-33-2, N. Clarke 7-2-27-1, F. Kaiser 2.1-2-0-3