GREAT MELTON B (5 points) lost to SAXLINGHAM (25 points) by 141 runs at Saxlingham in the Norfolk League Division 2
Saxlingham, forcibly relegated to Norfolk League Division 2 from the Norfolk Alliance because the club doesn’t have a junior section, showed their pedigree with a thumping win over Melton B. The home side were just too good for Melton’s third team compiling 264-5 having been invited to bat by Tim Hales before restricting Melton to 123-9.
Saxlingham stalwart Mark English, who played a few games for Melton back in the 70s, gave his side a solid platform with a classy 56 and was the perfect foil to the belligerent Olly Browne who struck 34 in a first wicket stand of 66 before being well-caught caught on the long-off boundary by Connor White. Stuart Wilson (9-1-30-1) bowled a good opening spell for Melton but A.Steele (53), N.Nifras (41) and A.Browne (33 not out) all hit the ball very hard as Melton’s change bowlers were punished although Neal Clarke exerted some control, bowling his 12 overs unchanged to return figures of 1-54.
Saxlingham’s total of 264-5 looked way beyond Melton’s reach unless someone could play a substantial innings but, with Mally Howard (2), Alex Pattison (8) and Daryl Godbold (13) all back in the pavilion with just 30 on the board things looked bleak. Ian Wickham, brought out of retirement and struggling with an injury, nudged and nurdled his way to 13 and Connor White struck the ball very cleanly in scoring 32 but Clarke (0), Steve Phoenix (1) and James Robb (0) all fell to the left-arm spin of T.Browes who picked up 5-22 from 12 accurate overs. Skipper Hales, feeling unwell and batting at number 8, provided some resistance at the end, scoring a classy 33, and, helped by last man Wilson, took Melton to a third batting point thus preventing Saxlingham from taking maximum points as the visitors closed on 123-9.
It is sad to see a club like Saxlingham, with such good facilities, now reduced to just one team but one has to question the wisdom of the Alliance in relegating the club to a standard that is obviously much below that at which they should be competing.
M.English c.Hales b.Clarke 56, O.Browne c.White b.Wilson 34, A.Steele Run Out 53, N.Nifras c.Hales b.Godbold 41, T.Browes b.Godbold 10, A.Browne Not Out 33, J.Lewis Not Out 7, Extras 20. TOTAL (5 wickets) 264 (S.Wilson 9-1-30-1; D.Godbold 7-0-58-2; J.Robb 7-0-49-0; N.Clarke 12-1-54-1; I.Wickham 3-0-33-0; C.White 5-0-26-0)
Great Melton B
M.Howard b.Lewis 2, A.Pattison c.O.Browne b.Lewis 8, D.Godbold c.b. Nifras 13, I.Wickham c.Nifras b.A.Browne 13, C.White c.Burridge b.Browes 32, N.Clarke c.Lewis b.Browes 0, S.Phoenix c.English b.Browes 1, T.Hales Not Out 33, J.Robb c.Browne b.Browes 0, D.Greenslade c.English b.Browes 9, S.Wilson Not Out 1, Extras 11. TOTAL (9 wickets) 123 (J.Lewis 8-1-16-2; C.Neeve 5-2-10-0; A.Browne 10-3-26-1; N.Nifras 12-1-43-1; T.Browes 12-6-22-5)