GREAT MELTON C (6 points) lost to GARBOLDISHAM B (24 points) by 4 wickets at Town Close in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 5
Despite Leo DeSalis joining Alan Ely as Great Melton’s leading wicket-taker, Garboldisham completed a notable ‘double’ over their fellow Division 5 promotion contenders. In fact Melton’s performance followed a similar pattern to the earlier encounter between the sides with Melton losing the toss and struggling to 137 all out on a damp wicket – it was 131-9 in the first match of the season – before Garboldisham, enjoying the best of the batting conditions, duly knocked off the runs. The difference on Saturday was that the visitors lost 6 wickets in what was a better bowling display from Melton – although they still conceded 18 wides. Jack McCurley, in his first appearance of the season, took 3-35 from 7 overs before tweaking a hamstring and, with 12-year-old Luke Marchant (6-1-16-1) bowling superbly and the veteran Leo DeSalis taking two wickets to equal Alan Ely’s record 577 victims for the club, it seemed at one stage as if Melton might pull off an unlikely victory. However, with McCurley injured and Stuart Wilson struggling with his line, skipper Mally Howard was forced to turn to slow bowlers Joe Bickel and Kevin Frazer who Dunkenson and Lake found more to their liking. With the pressure off the pair took the score from 51-5 to 120 before Marchant trapped opener Dunkenson lbw for a well-made 45. Lake (46 not out) had batted well, though, and saw Garboldisham to victory in the 33rd over.
Earlier Melton had struggled with the bat after losing Tony Alborough (3) and Joey Greenslade (1) quickly. Mally Howard batted 27 overs for his 43 and Jon Moxon (20), Kevin Frazer (20) and young Marchant (10) all hung around for a while but nobody made a substantial contribution as Fuller (3-25), Pierrt (2-17), Barnes (2-36), Lake (2-11) and Goodman (1-32) gave little away. With the wicket drying out 139 never looked enough and so it was to prove.
Great Melton C
M.Howard c.Jaynes b.Barnes 43, A.Alborough lbw Fuller 3, J.Greenslade c.Shepherd b.Pierrt 1, J.Moxon c.Fuller b.Barnes 20, S.Phoenix c.Jaynes b.Goodman 3, K.Frazer c.Goodman b.Lake 20, L.Marchant c.Fuller b.Lake 10, J.McCurley lbw Fuller 1, J.Bickel c.Shepherd b.Fuller 0, L.DeSalis Not Out 9, S.Wilson b.Pierrt 0, Extras 26. TOTAL 136 (R.Fuller 12-3-25-3, J.Pierrt 8-0-17-2, H.Goodman 10-2-32-1, P.Barnes 9-0-36-2, J.Lake 3-0-11-2)
J.Dunkenson lbw Marchant 45, C.Olpin b.McCurley 3, A.Pringle c.Greenslade b.McCurley 4, J.Hogg c. & b.McCurley 7, R.Jaynes c.Bickel b.DeSalis 1, A.Shepherd c.McCurley b.DeSalis 0, J.Lake Not Out 46, H.Goodman Not Out 8, Extras 23. TOTAL 139 (J.McCurley 7-0-35-3, L.Marchant 6-1-16-1, L.DeSalis 9.5-2-25-2, S.Wilson 3-0-14-0, J.Bickel 5-0-22-0, K.Frazer 3-0-21-0)