Batting frailties return as A’s run ends
Great Melton A (5Points) lost to Narborough (21) by 6 wickets at Melton Park in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
Great Melton A:
M Bunn caught b King 0
G Bunn b Grass 27
G Ducker caught b Grass 22
P Stearman b Grass 10
L Whiddett c Grass b Crisp 13
N Clarke lbw b Reynolds 5
J Moxon Not Out 23
J Greenslade Not Out 35
Total (6 Wickets, 46 Overs) 161
D King 9-1-25-1, M Steeles 10-2-21-0, T Grass 11-2-45-3, A Williamson 9-2-35-0, D Reynolds 4-1-11-1, J Crisp 3-0-18-1
M Broad c Stearman b Smith 4
J Coe lbw b Clarke 31
M Coe c Greenslade b Clarke 41
M Steeles c Greenslade b Thompson 44
N King Not Out 28
D King Not Out 4
Total (4 Wickets, 42 Overs) 165
T Smith 10-0-45-1, A Thompson 12-1-55-1, C Wright 3-1-12-0, P Stearman 8-2-22-0, N Clarke 9-1-31-2
The loss of Jack Pearse to the first team allowed Melton A’s batting frailties to be exposed once again as their run of 63 points from 3 games was halted unceremoniously by promotion contenders Narborough at Melton Park.
The A’s had bolstered their line up with the return of Martin and George Bunn, but sadly their key men failed to fire as Martin, dropped in the first over, was out to his next ball for a duck. George’s Bunn and Ducker steadied the ship with a stand of 49 for the second wicket to take the score to 51 in the 19th over before Ducker pulled a ball straight to square leg for 22. With Bunn then playing on, Melton’s solid start fell away. Paul Stearman lost patience and was bowled for 10 and then with Neal Clarke missing a full toss, the home side were 89-5 in the 33rd over.
An out of form skipper Lee Whiddett battled away for 13 but the Melton recovery only came when Jon Moxon was joined by 14 year old A team debutant Joey Greenslade. The pair put on an unbeaten 58 in the last 10 overs with Greenslade making a very impressive 35 not out and Moxon unbeaten on 23, Melton closing on 161-6, still perhaps 40 short of par but more than they at one stage expected.
The Narborough reply started badly as M Broad smashed a ball from Tom Smith straight to Paul Stearman at cover. Smith bowled a fine opening spell but Adam Thompson looked out of sorts and, with Chris Wright feeling unwell and only bowling 3 overs, last week’s heroes were unable to repeat their outstanding performance. J Coe and M Coe took Narborough to 66 in the 20th Over before Neal Clarke made the breakthrough, trapping J Coe lbw and then having M Coe caught behind by Greenslade, who continued his good day with 0 byes and two catches. Sadly, the second, dismissing Steeles for 44 off Thompson, came too late for a Melton fightback as the visitors cruised home with 4 overs to spare. The bright spots were Greenslade’s display and some decent bowling from Paul Stearman (8-2-22-0) and Clarke (9-1-31-2) but Melton were comfortably beaten, and must find a way to find more runs from their top six if relegation is to be avoided. Some luck at the toss would also be advantageous, with the coin coming down the wrong way for 6 consecutive games.