Marvellous Moxon fires A’s to Winterton win
Great Melton A (22 Points) beat Winterton (6) by 4 Wickets at Winterton in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
J Austin b Thompson 0
G Hudson b Thompson 5
D Crawley b Godbold 20
L Chapman b Thompson 5
K Percival b Godbold 10
K Drewitt lbw b Bickel 0
R Edwards b Bickel 6
F Playford b Farmer 32
B Utting c Whiddett b Bickel 0
D Snowling Not Out 57
Total (9 Wickets, 46 Overs) 170
A Thompson 12-4-28-3, M Farmer 11-1-52-1, J Bickel 12-3-21-3, D Godbold 7-2-21-2, P Stearman 4-0-26-0
Great Melton A:
L Whiddett c Playford b Utting 0
T Hales lbw b Utting 11
T Wyatt b Utting 8
J Moxon b Chapman 56
P Stearman caught b Lockhart 11
G Ducker caught b Percival 18
C Elliott Not Out 35
D Godbold Not Out 5
Total (6 Wickets, 44.1 Overs) 174
B Utting 10.1-1-41-3, L Chapman 9-0-38-1, R Edmonds 5-0-20-0, C Lockhart 6-0-18-1, K Percival 8-1-24-1, D Snowling 6-0-23-0
Great Melton A finally got their season underway on the first day of June as Jon Moxon's best performance in a Melton shirt, allied to an excellent unbeaten 35 from Chris Elliott saw them to a four wicket victory at Winterton.
Few would have known of the drama to come in what was a bizarre Winterton innings. Adam Thompson demolished the home side's top order with outstanding swing bowling as he bowled both openers and then L Chapman (5) with just 17 on the board in 9 overs. Michael Farmer provided fine support at the other end in going for only 18 from 7 overs.
When change bowlers Joe Bickel and the returning evergreen Daryl Godbold came on it was much the same story. Bickel continued his excellent early season form in returning 12-3-21-3 as he rarely bowled too short or full and assisted in working through the Winterton middle order, whilst Godbold took the important wickets of Crawley (20) and Percival 10. After 28 overs the score was 64-8 and Winterton looked in desperate trouble.
Enter their skipper, Danny Snowling, who counter-attacked superbly. He and Fred Playford set about rebuilding the innings and having seen off the returning Thompson (12-4-28-3) they attacked Paul Stearman and Michael Farmer's second spell. The fast outfield became apparent as Snowling blasted 57no in quick time, Winterton recovering remarkably to make 170-9 from their 46 overs.
Melton were somewhat deflated and they were struck a blow in the first over as skipper Lee Whiddett nicked off to Ben Utting without scoring. Tim Hales (11) followed soon after leaving Melton 23-2 in the 7th over.
That brought Jon Moxon to the crease joining Toby Wyatt. They added 17 runs before Wyatt was castled by Utting but that set the tone for the next few partnerships as Paul Stearman (11) and George Ducker (18) both assisted Moxon in taking the score along at a decent rate to 94-5 from 26 overs.
The key partnership then came between Moxon and Chris Elliott. Moxon produced a display that belied his lack of alliance experience as he despatched the bad ball powerfully on both sides of the wicket, hitting 8 fours on his way to 56 and adding 56 with Elliott for the 6th Wicket. Moxon was bowled leaving 21 needed from 5 overs, but Elliott and ‘finisher' Godbold ran well and Elliott deservedly struck the winning runs in making an excellent 35 not out, giving Melton victory with 11 balls to spare and 22 welcome points.