GREAT MELTON C (5 points) lost to GARBOLDISHAM B (24 points) by 5 wickets at Garboldisham in the Norfolk League Division 3
Unbeaten Division 3 leaders, Garboldisham B proved just a bit too strong for Melton C who lost their own unbeaten record in a five-wicket defeat but Melton’s mix of youth and experience made the strong home side work hard for their victory. Having lost the toss, Simon Carding’s men found the wicket and Garboldisham’s opening bowlers more lively than anything experienced so far and, having despatched Halliwell for one four over cover, Tony Alborough fended at a ball outside the off stump and was caught at slip for 5. Connor Stearman again showed great promise as he took the score to 31 with Steve Clarke before he spooned a catch and was out for 19, followed by Ben Carding for a duck. George Ducker, back from university, showed no rustiness as he set about the bowling but, having made a fluent 24, called for a suicidal single and was run out. Clarke provided some stability but struggled for 24 overs for 17 before he was dismissed, followed quickly by Aimee Palmer (6) and Rob Smith (0) – to another run out. It left Melton on 87-7 after 33 overs with a 3-figure score looking a long way off but Steve Phoenix, having dispatched a couple of early full tosses to the square leg boundary with his customary flourish, looked in good touch. Finding solid support, first in Sam Carding (4), then in Duncan Greenslade (3), the Chairman added a vital 51 runs for the 8th and 9th wickets then, with last man Simon Carding at the crease, brought up his 50 in taking 14 runs off the last over, including a massive six before skying the final delivery. ‘The Chairman’s’ 60 included 11 fours and a six and, although Melton’s total of 151 looked below par, the momentum was very much with the visitors at tea.
Garboldisham’s bowling attack of Halliwell (4-2-12-1), Grimwood (12-0-41-3), Carr, Gooderham (10-1-26-2) and Fidler (8-0-34-1) were certainly one of the better ones the C’s have faced in the last few seasons.
Melton’s reply had the best possible start when Ben Carding produced a ‘jaffer’ to bowl Dan Moon for a duck but Culling and Fidler both dealt mainly in boundaries as they took the score to 45 off 9 overs before Aimee Palmer produced the champagne moment, a splendid catch to dismiss Fidler (12) off Simon Carding. Sam Carding (7-2-19-0) bowled an excellent spell for no reward and George Ducker, after an erratic first over, troubled the batsmen with his swing in a spell of 2-4 in 4 overs, including the wicket of Culling, caught by Smith for 40. However, Garboldisham skipper J.Stevenson was quick to despatch any bad balls and one or two expensive overs, saw the home side within sight of victory. Stearman and Simon Carding made the batsmen work hard for the final few runs but, in the end, Garby were just a little bit better than Melton. Stearman dismissed Stevenson for 56 but the home side made sure of victory with 5 wickets and 8.4 overs remaining.
Great Melton C
A.Alborough c.Gooderham b.Halliwell 5, C.Stearman c.Carr b.Grimwood 19, S.Clarke c.Jaynes b.Gooderham 17, B.Carding c.Culling b.Grimwood 0, G.Ducker Run Out 24, A.Palmer c.Stevenson b.Fidler 6, S.Phoenix c.&.b.Carr 60, R.Smith Run Out 0, S.Carding b.Grimwood 4, D.Greenslade c.Moon b.Gooderham 3, S.Carding Not Out 0, Extras 13. TOTAL 151 (J.Halliwell 4-2-12-1, C.Grimwood 12-0-41-3, P.Carr 11-3-34-1, K.Gooderham 10-1-26-2, T.Fidler 8-0-34-1)
D.Moon b.B.Carding 0, T.Fidler c.Palmer b.Sim. Carding 12, D.Culling c.Smith b.Ducker 40, J.Stevenson b.Stearman 56, R.Jaynes b.Ducker 1, M.Snowling Not Out 10, T.Ling Not Out 4, Extras 29. TOTAL (5 wickets) 152 (Ben Carding 5-0-33-1, Simon Carding 10.2-3-23-1, Sam Carding 7-2-19-0, G.Ducker 6-2-26-2, A.Palmer 4-0-19-0, R.Smith 1-0-17-0, C.Stearman 3-1-5-1)