GREAT MELTON beat DEREHAM by 41 runs in the Mid Norfolk boyle Division one.
Alex Cooper scored his eighth century for Great Melton in what was a powerful and confident return to form for the 21 year old university student.
Skipper George Bunn won the toss and decided to bat first despite the visitors wanting to also bat after a pre-match carvery!!
Cooper’s first four scoring shots were boundaries, this seemed to set the pattern for the innings. His opening partner Michael Farmer was dismissed for a duck in the fourth over bringing Martyn Cook to the crease.
The pair set about their task of building a partnership in a positive manner. The partnership reached 68 in the ninth over and with Cook on 49 the batsmen danced down the wicket, looking to go to his half century in style, only to miss the ball and be stumped one short.
Matt Clarke came and went for 12which brought Lee Whiddett to the crease as he looked to rotate the strike and get, a now flowing, Cooper back on strike.
In putting on 109 for the fourth wicket the two batsmen had set up the innings for the home side as with five overs to go Josh Wilson joined Cooper at the crease with the score on 225-4.
Cooper tore into the visitors bowling as 49 was added to the score in the last five overs, with Wilson contributing just six in the partnership it showed how dominant Cooper was.
The partnership finally came to an end with one ball remaining in the innings as Cooper was bowled for a stunning and personal best of 161, 138 of which were in boundaries (21 fours and 9 sixes) which left Neal Clarke to face the last ball of which he smashed to the offside boundary to add to an already staggering boundary count of boundaries in the innings.
The score finishing on 278-5.
The second innings started well for the visitors as their opening pair added 54 in the first 10 overs as opening bowlers de Salis and Daniel Hayward were put to the sword.
Change bowlers Michael Farmer and Josh Wilson gave some control to the innings in particular Wilson who took two wickets in his first four overs, bowling opener D. Lake (35) and Irons for 8.
Skipper Bunn then changed up again as slow bowler Clarke was brought on, after a solid first over and another tight over from Wilson the momentum seemed to be swinging in the home sides favour.
Dereham opener K. Fletcher then took a liking to Clarke and so was replaced by Whiddett. Wilson then got the break through in his 7th over dismissing D. Hewitt then three balls later the dangerous looking Fletcher for a well made 62. Wilson then took his fifth wicket in his last over as the game looked to be won for Melton with the score on 143-5 after 29 0ver, Whiddett also taking a wicket to leave Dereham needing 129 in the last 12 overs.
Melton looked to have the game won until Dereham’s number 9 batsmen S. Fletch gave them a few jitters hitting an aggressive 62 not out, but he and Dereham ran out of time as the were 41 runs short of their target.
Great Melton Innings
A. Cooper b. Irons 161, M. Farmer b. Irons 0, M. Cook st Vargeson b. Anema 49, M. Clarke ct. J. West b. Cheetham 12, L. Whiddett b. Irons 29, J. Wilson 6 not out, N. Clarke 4 not out TOTAL 278-5 (extras 8w, 5b 4lb) M. Cheetham 7-0-45-1, N. Irons 9-2-46-2, M. Cross 8-1-54-0, J. Anema 10-1-68-1, D. Hewitt 3-0-27-0, K. Fletcher 3-0-28-0
D. Lake b. Wilson 35, K. Fletcher ct Hayward b. Wilson 62, N. Irons ct M. Cook b. Wilson 8, D. Hewitt ct. Cook b. Wilson 12, J. Anema b. Wilson 2, C. Vargeson b. Ducker 15, D. J. Lake st. M. Clarke b. Whiddett 5, J. West b. Ducker 0, S. Fletch 62 not out, M. Cheetham ct Ducker b. Cooper 5, M. Cross 11 not out TOTAL 237-9 (extras 14w,3b,2lb) L.de Salis 6-0-29-0, D. Hayward 3-0-20-0, M. Farmer 9-1-44-0, J. Wilson 7-2-25-5, N. Clarke 4-0-36-0, L. Whiddett 4-1-20-1, G. Ducker 4-0-25-2, A. Cooper 3-0-22-1