Spirited A Team Make Runcton Work Hard For Victory
Great Melton A (5 points) lost to North Runcton A (22 points) by 4 wickets at Melton Park in Norfolk Alliance Division 3
Great Melton A suffered another spirited, but ultimately fruitless defeat in Norfolk Alliance Division 3.
With club resources unduly stretched once again, Melton’s A team found themselves without regular skipper Lee Whiddett, called up to the first team to help bolster their flimsy batting order, leaving wicketkeeper-guitarist Simon Woods in charge for the visit of North Runcton A.
Melton, making first use of a flat-looking pitch, made a reasonable start to proceedings, with openers Loines & Stearman adding 21 in the first 5 overs before Stearman was cleaned up by a good one from Skipper. Loines followed soon after, edging a rising ball to slip for 11.
Sam ‘Tin’ Mann was joined at the crease by Jon Moxon but not for long. When the dashing left-hander departed for a duck in the 11th over, Melton were reeling at 30-3. Mann carried the majority of Melton’s batting hopes on his diminutive shoulders & looked in good touch, until, surprisingly, losing his off stump to Annaken. A Team debutant Alex Pattison joined Wooldridge in the middle but when the latter holed out in the deep the home team’s innings was truly in tatters at 59-5.
Woods joined Pattison & together they battled through for 13 overs, building comfortably Melton’s highest partnership of the match, adding 41 for the 6th wicket, taking the score over the 100 run mark. Returning opening bowler Skipper ended Woods’s trademark dogged resistance for a hard fought 18. Pattison followed soon after but Rob Sims dealt some lusty blows in his 18 and partnered first by Tom Moye, then Gary Coulson, he managed to get the score up to 135 before being the last man to fall, in the 41st over.
Melton knew that to have any possibility of forcing a positive result they has to strike early. Opening bowlers Coulson & Sims certainly played their part, Sims in particular looking dangerous as he extracted some turn from the Dovecote end. Chances came & went though. Both Runcton openers, Faivelowitz & Major went for their shots & offered good chances that weren’t taken & by the 16th over they had added 60 without loss.
60-0 became 60-2 however, in the space of 1 Rob Sims over, as the wily left-armer had Major caught behind, then no.3 Leishman trapped in front for 0 in the same over. These strikes bouyed the fielding side who tried their best to sieze their opportunity. Tom Moye replaced Coulson at the pavillion end & removed the dangerous Faivelowitz, then next over Sims stuck again, having Skipper stumped for 1. At 64-4 it was almost game on. Runcton Left hander Cooke had other ideas though & he found the boundary with regularity, taking the score up to 96 before Sims bagged his 4th wicket. Another wicket at this point would surely have given the away side the jitters, but it wasn’t to be. Chris Wright finally removed Cooke for a well struck 47, but by this time only 13 were needed for victory. They duly came in the next over as North Runcton sealed a 4 wicket win.
Great Melton’s well documented player availability issues, particularly in the batting department, are leaving the A Team with no real opportunity to compete in Division 3, but the players must be commended for keeping their heads up & giving their all once again. Hopefully that spirit will continue throughout the remainder of the season.
Great Melton A
D.Loines ct Bunting b Skipper 11, C.Stearman b Skipper 7, S.Mann b Annaken 23, J.Moxon c Bunting b Skipper 0, S.Wooldridge c Belcher b Rawson 6, A.Pattison lbw Barrett 12, S.Woods c Cubitt b Skipper 18, R.Sims b Barrett 18, C.Wright ct, Bunting b Skipper 0, T.Moye b Barrett 8, G.Coulson not out 0. Total (10 wickets, 41.3 overs) 135 (B.Skipper 12-4-39-5, D.Cubitt 7-2-24-0, Rawson 6-2-15-1, Annaken 7-1-22-1, R.Belcher 3-0-5-0, A.Barrett 6.3-2-15-3)
North Runcton A
D.Faivelowitz ct Wooldridge b Moye 37, S.Major ct Woods b Sims 21, J.Leishman lbw Sims 0, B.Cooke b Wright 47, B.Skipper st Woods b Sims 1, T.Bunting ct Loines b Sims 8, A.Barrett not out 6, D.Cubitt not out 13, Total (6 wickets, 28 overs) 136 (G.Coulson 7-0-30-0, R.Sims 13-3-46-4, T.Moye 8-0-55-1, C.Wright 1-0-5-1)