Poor batting overshadows Farmer’s four-fer
Great Melton A (5 Points) lost to Narborough (22) by 72 runs at Narborough in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
M Broad c Stearman b Farmer 0
C Hill c Hales b Farmer 0
A Arnot b Farmer 0
N King c & b Farmer 5
M Steeles c Stearman b De Salis 3
S King c Wyatt b Godbold 43
A Williamson Not Out 32
D King b Bickel 23
K Grass b Bickel 1
R Jackson b Bickel 2
A Lovelock b Bickel 6
Total (All Out, 35 Overs) 140
L De Salis 8-2-23-1, M Farmer 9-1-29-4, D Godbold 8-1-50-1, J Bickel 10-2-26-4
Great Melton A:
M Bunn b Lovelock 15
L Whiddett c N King b Lovelock 4
T Hales c N King b D King 0
J Moxon c Williamson b Lovelock 2
T Wyatt c Williamson b Lovelock 6
P Stearman c N King b Lovelock 0
C Elliott c N King b Grass 2
D Godbold c N King b Grass 14
M Farmer c & b Williamson 5
J Bickel c Lovelock b Grass 6
L De Salis Not Out 1
Total (All Out, 29 overs) 68
A Lovelock 8-0-28-5, D King 7-2-13-1, T Grass 8-5-4-3, A Williamson 4-0-18-1, M Steeles 2-1-3-0
A fine fielding display from Great Melton A was undone in the most disappointing of fashions as all of their hard work in dismissing Narborough for 140 was left academic by a batting capitulation at Narborough.
It couldn't have started better for the A's as Lee Whiddett won the toss and inserted the opposition. Michael Farmer then destroyed the Narborough top order with a remarkable 4 wickets in only two overs. Paul Stearman took a sharp catch to remove Broad, then the next ball Arnot was castled by one that nipped back before Hill gloved down the leg side and N King chipped back to the young seamer to leave Narborough 11-4 from 4 overs.
Melton maintained the pressure and a consistent spell from Leo De Salis was rewarded when opposition skipper Matt Steeles was caught by Stearman, the score 35-5 from 11 overs. Narborough did then recover as S King and A Williamson put together a decent partnership of 46, particular punishing the odd loose delivery from Daryl Godbold. Godbold did fight back as he had King (43) superbly caught at cow corner by a diving Toby Wyatt. D King added 23 with Williamson (32) but once he was bowled by Joe Bickel, the young spinner ran through the lower order and Narborough were dismissed in just 35 overs for 140.
The total looked well below par as, whilst the wicket was somewhat variable, it was by no means a minefield and the outfield was lightning. With 57 overs to bat, Melton A felt very confident of chasing their target.
That feeling was confirmed as Martin Bunn and Lee Whiddett took 17 from the first 14 balls of the Melton reply. It was, sadly, all downhill from there as Whiddett gloved a brute of a delivery behind. Tim Hales then nicked off having played away from his body to the swinging ball and then Martin Bunn made a misjudgment and was bowled for 15.
A Lovelock was proving difficult to handle, extracting considerable bounce and he was too hot for Jon Moxon as he loosely hit the ball straight up into the air to leave the score 32-4 and from the very next ball it was 32-5 as Paul Stearman gloved behind from another hostile delivery.
Toby Wyatt then loosely hit a ball in the air to cover and the horror show continued as Chris Elliott nicked behind. Daryl Godbold at least stuck in to make 14 and Michael Farmer and Joe Bickel did their best to add some respectability to proceedings, but Melton were eventually dismissed for just 68 in 29 overs, a very poor display.