Ducker impresses as A’s battle to draw
Great Melton A (9 Points) achieved a losing draw against Hardingham (18) at Melton Park in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Three
B Scott b Whiddett 75
J Turner b Coulson 36
T Fletcher b Moye 34
C Sparkes c Mawby b Whiddett 5
R Fowle Not Out 48
J Downes b Ducker 46
J Scott b Ducker 0
J Fowle Not Out 5
Total (6 Wickets, 46 Overs) 265
G Coulson 12-1-50-1, M Mawby 7-1-54-0, L Whiddett 12-1-75-2, T Moye 9-2-38-1, G Ducker 6-0-42-2
Great Melton A:
D Loines c Fowle b Hastings 22
C Stearman b J Scott 26
G Ducker c Sparkes b Turner 66
S Mann c Sparkes b R Fowle 25
L Whiddett c B Scott b R Fowle 7
J Moxon b R Fowle 3
F Hughes c R Fowle b Turner 2
S Woods Not Out 25
M Mawby c M Hastings b R Fowle 0
T Moye c Fletcher b J Fowle 6
G Coulson Not Out 4
Total (9 Wickets, 46 Overs) 205
J Scott 8-0-38-1, M Hastings 9-2-35-1, J Turner 12-3-31-2, R Fowle 12-1-56-4, J Fowle 3-1-7-1, S Hastings 2-0-18-0
Great Melton A battled to a morale boosting draw thanks to a half century from George Ducker and dogged resistance from ‘Brigadier Block’ Simon Woods.
It was a good effort after a young, talented Hardingham side had been put into bat by Lee Whiddett and took full toll of an erratic Marcus Mawby to race to 62-0 from 10 overs, with even Gary Coulson, at times, unable to stem the tide from visitors’ skipper Brendan Scott.
Lee Whiddett replaced Mawby for a spell of slow off-break bowling and, in tandem with Coulson, they did manage to gather a semblance of control. When Coulson finished his spell, having bowled John Turner (36) in the 16th over to record 12-1-50-1, Hardingham were 138-1 from 23 overs and very well placed to make around 300.
Whiddett continued on and, with the excellent Tom Moye replacing Coulson, Melton enjoyed their best period of the innings, with only 47 runs coming from the next 13 overs. Whiddett also removed Scott (75) bowled and then dismissed C Sparkes when he was well caught by Marcus Mawby at long-off. With Moye deservedly getting the wicket of Toby Fletcher (34), Hardingham were 185-4 from 36 overs.
George Ducker replaced Whiddett whilst Moye went on to record fine figures of 9-2-38-1. Robbie Fowle and J Downer counter-attacked for Hardingham and, whilst Ducker grabbed two wickets to achieve a third bowling point, Hardingham bashed their way to 265-6 from their 46 overs.
The Melton response started impressively, as Woody Loines and Connor Stearman took the attack to Hardingham opening bowlers J Scott and M Hastings, the score accelerating to 46-0 from 8 overs. Soon after, both were dismissed again in the 20’s, Loines again driving aerially and Stearman being bowled. George Ducker and Sam Mann were brought together and they, if anything, accelerated the scoring still further as both struck huge sixes to take Melton to 103-2 from 19 overs. Game on.
A crucial blow was struck as Mann (25) was well caught at mid-wicket off Robbie Fowle, and then Whiddett (7), having just late cut a ball for four was caught behind trying to repeat the trick. Jon Moxon (3) and Fergus Hughes (2) soon followed to leave Melton 147-6 from 30 overs and in trouble.
Ducker (66) and Simon Woods added a further 20 runs, with Ducker continuing to play aggressively in a knock containing two sixes and eight fours, but when he went with the score on 167, the run chase was realistically over. Marcus Mawby then chipped up a catch when a more dogged approach was required, and it was left to youngster Moye to keep Woods company as they batted together for for 8 overs in an effort to avoid defeat. Moye finally was caught in the 43rd over but Woods was able to marshal the strike to prevent Coulson being exposed, and carried Melton to a losing draw with 25 not out.