A Team ReportsMartham’s batting power proves too much for Melton’s Dad’s Army

Martham’s batting power proves too much for Melton’s Dad’s Army

MARTHAM (22pts) beat GREAT MELTON A (7pts) by 74 runs at Martham in the Norfolk Alliance Division 4

Martham CC have been progressing through the leagues for the past few seasons, and look well placed for further promotion if they can maintain the momentum, and keep their big hitting players available. On a day when the ‘old rules’ would have suited the visitors perfectly, they had no answer to the hosts powerful batting line up.
The unavailability of up to 8 front line bowlers left Simon Woods digging from the C’s to recall Chris Wright, fiddle 9 overs from part time offerings and lead a side with 8 players over 40, 4 of whom are either closing in on, or past, their half century.

Finn Grist (14) missed out, undone by the wily Richard de Salis for his almost obligatory scalp, with 32 on the board at the start of the 5th over. Jack Whatmough (52) unleashed an aggressive onslaught, ably supported by Louis Smith (54) as the home side reached 100 off 17 overs, before both fell to Rob Sims.  Alex Sayer (72) lost out in his battle with Neal Clarke caught behind whilst Lewis Dunn (77) remained unbowed, but Brett Colclough (20) also fell to Clarke as Martham passed 300 with dark skies building.  Only Chris Wright of the four front line bowlers was not hit for 50 off his 9 overs, despite struggling with the dip in his run up to the crease.

Simon Woods set his side a revised target of maximum batting points – 200 – and then to see from there how the land lay.  Tim Hales (39) survived a head high no ball first ball, before driving twice to the vacant off side boundary. Damien Loines (16) tried to punish the wide open spaces, but was undone by Simeon Randell as the rain began to settle in.  Lee Whiddett (41) enjoying the extra pace, worked the ball well into the on-side and was soon joined by a belligerent Martin Bunn (88). Selecting when to attack and defend, Martin peppered the ropes and offered obdurate defence as the hosts reverted to slow bowling. Losing three match balls did not help them provide any control, and Melton soon reached their new target, with Daryl Godbold (17) assisting with the chase.
It was left to Neal Clarke (10*) and James Robb (5*) to frustrate Martham who could not take the full set of bowling points available. In previous seasons this would have been a very good ‘losing draw’ for Melton, but the new format leaves them struggling near the foot of Division Four hoping to get players back to create a more penetrating attack.

Finn Grist ct Hales b de Salis 14; JackWhatmough b Sims 52; Louis Smith ct Whiddett b Rob Sims 54; Alex Sayer ct Woods b Clarke 72; Lewis Dunn not out 77; Brett Colclough ct Bunn b Clarke 20; Simeon Randell not out 4. Extras 16 309 / 5  (R de Salis 9 -0- 52 – 1; J Robb 9- 0- 66 – 0; R Sims 9- 0 – 52 – 2; C Wright 9 -0 – 46 – 0; L Whiddett 3 -0 – 25 -0; N Clarke 5 – 0 – 50 – 2; M Bunn 1 – 0 – 6 – 0)

Great Melton A
Tim Hales b Sayer 39; Damien Loines b Randell 16; Lee Whiddett b A Smith 41; Martin Bunn c&b Grist 88; Daryl Godbold b Dunn 17; Neal Clark not out 10; James Robb not out 5
Extras 16 235 / 5  (J Whatmough 7 – 0 – 50 – 0; S Randell 6 – 0 -24-1; A Sayer 9 – 1 – 42 – 1; H Chanchalani 9 – 0 – 43 – 0; A Smith – 7- 0- 54 -1; F Grist-3 – 1 – 11 – 1; L Dunn -4- 3- 4 -1.)

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