Inspired A team declare their ambitions
Great Melton A (25 Points) beat Hales & Loddon (2) by 245 runs at Hales Green in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
Great Melton A:
M Bunn b Selby 132
N Clarke lbw b Rolph 15
G Bunn b Selby 53
P Stearman c Squires b Pearson 54
L Whiddett b Rolph 11
J Greenslade Not Out 1
M Farmer Not Out 6
Total (5 Wickets Declared, 41 Overs) 302
Pearson 12-0-68-1, Rolph 10-0-61-2, Stewart 9-1-58-0, Squires 6-0-53-0, Selby 4-0-52-2
Hales & Loddon:
M Lindsay Run Out (Clarke) 14
T Ragon b Farmer 12
T Selby c Greenslade b Farmer 10
G Squire b Farmer 0
W Yates c Smith b De Salis 8
N Pearson b Farmer 0
J Rolph b Godbold 2
A Lindsay c Farmer b Smith 0
M Stewart Not Out 1
J Buckingham b Godbold 1
P Dye b Smith 1
Total (All Out, 19.2 Overs) 57
L De Salis 8-3-26-1, M Farmer 7-3-26-4, T Smith 2.2-1-4-2, D Godbold 2-0-2-2
Great Melton A surged into a 33 point lead in second place in Alliance Division Four after a crushing 245 run victory at Hales, featuring a superb century from Martin Bunn and only the second declaration in the club's history.
On a pitch that looked as though it may feature variable bounce, Lee Whiddett was disappointed to lose the toss and see his side inserted, but he need not have worried as, from the off, Martin Bunn looked in fine touch. He and the promoted Neal Clarke put together an enterprising opening stand of 62 in 14 overs. Bunn was fortunate to see a simple catch dropped at mid-off and a few airy shots fall in the gaps, but once he passed 30 and was joined by nephew George Bunn, he looked absolutely imperious. The family pair added 152 for the second wicket in just 19 overs as Martin hammered 17 fours and 4 sixes, whilst George almost serenely made 53 in an innings containing 10 fours, including a couple of sumptious on-drives. All of the Hales bowlers took severe punishment until home skipper Tom Selby took off his keeping pads and came on to remove both Bunns, first George and then, with the score on 239, Martin for an outstanding 132.
Paul Stearman was joined by Lee Whiddett and as the skipper looked to give his hard-hitting partner the strike, so Stearman launched an assault on the cricket ball, losing at least three balls and striking a six onto the mobile pavilion roof as he blasted 54 including 3 sixes and 7 fours. Stearman went with the score 287-4 in only the 39th over, and it was left to Whiddett (11), and then Joey Greenslade (1no) and Michael Farmer (6no) to take the score past 300 with Whiddett calling his batsmen in at the end of the 41st over, giving Melton 51 overs to get the 10 wickets needed for victory.
In truth, the extra overs never looked like being required as Michael Farmer produced a really outstanding display of seam and swing bowling to leave the Hales top order in tatters, bowling a couple of unplayable deliveries which swung away then seamed back to castle Ragan and Squire. He also dismissed Selby (10) who gloved behind to a diving Joey Greenslade.
The staunch resistance of Milton Lindsay (14) was then ended when he struck the ball straight to Neal Clarke at mid-off who had time to use the long barrier, pick up and throw down the stumps with a direct hit causing much jubilation in the field. Farmer then produced another superb delivery to remove Pearson as he recorded 7-3-26-4. Tom Smith (2.2-1-4-2) and Daryl Godbold (2-0-2-2) then polished off the tail as Melton finished the job off in just the 20th over to win by an emphatic 245 runs.
The victory sets up a mouthwatering top of the table clash against leaders Brooke A on 26th July at Melton Park.