Phoenix from the flames
In our second trip down memory lane, Melton's Sunday side travelled to Barton Turf to take on a Hellesdon side featuring one N Young…how on earth did Minished get three-fer?!
Great Melton (21 points) beat Hellesdon (6) by 6 Wickets at Barton Turf in the Mid-Norfolk Sunday League Boyle Division One.
I Cannell lbw b De Salis 9
A Mhandu c Whiddett b Stephenson 38
N Alexander c Cook b McCurley 0
C Hurst b Stephenson 23
M Lake b Stephenson 3
N Young c Alborough b Stephenson 12
C Cannell b Stephenson 7
J Charnock c Cook b Godbold 13
S Fitzgerald c Stephenson b Godbold 5
E Lake b Godbold 0
L Smith Not Out 0
Total (All Out, 36.5 Overs) 120
J McCurley 7-3-13-1, L De Salis 6-1-34-1, A Cooper 10-0-43-0, J Stephenson 10-1-15-5, J Wilson 2-0-5-0, M Godbold 1.5-0-9-3
M Cook c Charnock b Fitzgerald 36
L Whiddett c Hurst b Young 24
M Clarke lbw b Young 0
M Bunn c Charnock b Fitzgerald 1
A Alborough Not Out 24
A Cooper Not Out 25
Total (4 Wickets, 29.3 Overs) 121
N Young 10-3-35-2, S Fitzgerald 10-3-44-2, L Smith 4-0-10-0, J Charnock 5-0-22-0, E Lake 0.3-0-7-0
Great Melton maintained their excellent recent form to solidify their position in the promotion places of Boyle Division One after a comfortable 6 wicket victory over Hellesdon at the picturesque Barton Turf ground, home of Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers.
Lee Whiddett maintained his perfect tossing record this season with another successful call of heads and again put the opposition into bat, a tactic which has proved fruitful throughout this season.
With Australian recruit Justin Stephenson still on his way to the ground, Jack McCurley and Leo De Salis took the new ball but they found openers Cannell and Mhandu in decent form, Mhandu striking De Salis for 3 straight sixes after the wily bowler had trapped Cannell in front for 9.
When Stephenson eventually arrived he showed no signs of suffering from his journey as he immediately settled into an excellent line and length, which he maintained throughout his 10 over spell. With Alex Cooper (10-0-43-0) keeping things tight at one end, Stephenson began to work his way through the Hellesdon batting order. After bowling Hurst for 23 just after drinks when Hellesdon were 73-2, he then removed the dangerous looking Mhandu (38) thanks to a smart catch from Whiddett. Twice more the Perth paceman rattled opposing batsmen's off stumps before Tony Alborough pouched Nigel Young (12) to give Stephenson (10-1-15-5) his first ‘fifer' for the club.
Marcus Godbold (1.5-0-9-3), despite a hand injury that made his index finger resemble a sausage, came on to mop up the tail as Hellesdon were all out for a paltry 120 in the 37th over.
The relatively low score gave Melton the opportunity to shuffle their order and give a few players an opportunity to bat. Martyn Cook and Whiddett opened the innings and Cook took full advantage of his chance as he bludgeoned 36 from just 22 balls. When he was out in the 7th over, the score was 37-1 with Whiddett a total bystander at the other end on 1 Not Out!
A brief flurry of wickets then followed as Matt Clarke was plumb lbw to Young for a golden duck, and then Martin Bunn chipped to short cover for 1 to leave the score at 38-3. Tony Alborough then joined Whiddett and together they saw off the very accurate bowling of Young (10-3-35-2) and Fitzgerald (10-3-44-2). Whiddett in particular found scoring difficult in a turgid knock which saw him 10 Not Out at drinks but was still there with his side well placed at 66-3 from 20 overs. He and Alborough improved the scoring rate after the break and their partnership of 54 ended with the score on 92 when Whiddett was caught at cover for 24.
This simply brought Alex Cooper to the crease and his quality shone through as he smeared 25 Not Out from 14 balls to bring the game to a swift conclusion in the 30th Over. Alborough showed a welcome return to form with 24 Not Out.
With the season drawing to a conclusion Melton need to just maintain the very high standards that they have set this season and they will be back in the Premier Division next year.