Century Opening Stand Not Enough as As Lose at Cromer
Cromer CC A 178-5 beat Great Melton A 175-6 by 5 wickets the Amey’s Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Five
Phil Bugg’s maiden Alliance half century (51) was the main highlight for the visitors as Cromer A exacted revenge for defeat at Melton Park earlier in the summer.
Melton’s erstwhile footballer opened the innings with Nick Gristwood (43) as they put on a century stand against his own pupil, county u16 bowler Daniel Byrne.
Martin Bunn (12) and James Robb (25) failed to build on starts before Cameron Graveling (3/32) took full advantage of a damp track which was keeping low to rip out Melton’s middle order. Kyle Weston marked his stay at the crease with the day’s biggest 6, as the away side struggled to kick on from the good platform, and finished on 175 off their allotted overs.
Rain intervened at the start of the home side’s response, though de Salis managed to nip out two more victims as he heads inexorably towards yet another milestone. Dale Weston’s prodigious swing was hampered, and he was only able to snare Thomas Jackson (32) as the pinch hitter looked to take the game away from Melton.
14 year old Nat Laws (54) and Darren Payne (48*) helped guide Cromer to victory with just 3 overs to spare.
24 extras did not help the visitors cause, and perhaps another 20 runs would have made a difference as the ground fielding and bowling was not as tight as needed. A genuine slow bowler may also have made the chase more difficult for the hosts.
Bradenham A at home is likely to pose an entirely different challenge this week.