Stand-In Skipper’s 4-Fer as Bs Win at Hingham
Great Melton B (23) beat Hingham (4) by 5 wickets in Lucas Fettes Norfolk Cricket League Division Two.
Great Melton travelled to Hingham looking to build on their victory against Costessey the previous week.
Stand in skipper Gary Coulson won the toss and elected to insert the hosts on a damp looking wicket. A delayed start having been agreed to allow the wicket more time to dry.
Opening up with himself and Adam Thompson they were miserly restricting the Hingham openers D. Key and A. Pattison to just 14 runs from the first 10 overs.
Thompson was particularly impressive, probing around off stump beating the outside edge time after time with swing and seam movement. The breakthrough came after just 3 overs when Key was caught at cover by George Bunn off the bowling of Thompson.
Having only taken one wicket in the first 17 overs, although only conceding 33 runs in the process, Coulson decided to change things by bringing Tom Smith and Clarke into the attack.
Within 3 overs the changes worked as first Clarke trapped Pattison (12) lbw then Smith bowled Butcher (9) with one that kept a little low leaving Hingham’s score on 37-3 after 20.
Clarke had a little bit of luck taking his second wicket with the aggressive looking Johnson (1) sweeping one onto his boot before the ball rolled back onto the stumps to leave the home side on 41-4 at the halfway point of the innings.
There was then a period of consolidation by the Hingham middle order as C. Edwards (59), D. Edmonds (8) and K. O’Grady (5*) dug in and worked hard for their runs.
Edwards got himself in and then started to cut loose punishing anything short or too full, with some support from the rest of the Hingham batsmen, making a good half century.
Coulson, again deciding to change things around looking to finish the innings off, by bringing T. Smith and himself back into the attack.
Despite Smith going for 13 in his first over back the pair then bowled tidily with Coulson taking 4 wickets in 3 overs to finish off the innings leaving a target of 120 to chase.
For the second week running Melton found themselves in trouble early on as the two openers Elliott (0) and R. Smith (2) were dismissed cheaply leaving the visitors struggling on 4-2 after 5 overs.
G. Bunn and T. Wyatt started the re-building process picking up singles but looking to protect their wickets against some tight bowling.
The partnership had reached 53 when Weston (3-14) got one to nip back sharply to Bunn hitting the top of off stump but with the score on 57-3 after 23 overs, Melton were well in the Game.
Wyatt by this time was looking in an aggressive mood hitting 2 enormous sixes off Edwards and with the target getting closer and looking like it would be passed with ease; change bowler T. Butcher struck from nowhere trapping Wyatt 8 short of what would have been an excellent half century.
The loss of Alborough for 7 did little for the visitors nerves but a mix of youth and experience from J. Greenslade (6*) and F. Kaiser (16*) brought calm to proceedings and they saw the visitors home with 8 overs to spare.
D. Key ct Bunn b. Thompson 14, A. Pattison lbw b. Clarke 12, T. Butcher b. T. Smith 9, D. Johnson b. Clarke 1, C. Edwards ct&b. Coulson 59, D. Edmonds b. Kaiser 8, K. O’Grady 5 n/o, D. Weston st Greenslade b. Coulson 0, K. Connolly lbw b. Coulson 2, C. Harmer b. Coulson 0, R. Peterson run out 0, Extras 9. TOTAL 119 (A. Thompson 12-2-30-1, G. Coulson 8.5-4-19-4, T. Smith 10-3-23-1, N. Clarke 8-1-21-2, F. Kaiser 6-0-20-1)
C. Elliott ct Jonson b. Weston 0, R. Smith b. Weston 2, G. Bunn b. Weston 18, T. Wyatt lbw Butcher 42, J. Greenslade 6 n/o, A. Alborough ct Weston b. Butcher 7, F. Kaiser 16 n/o. Extras 29. TOTAL (5 wickets) 120 (D. Weston 12-7-14-3, C. Edwards 12-3-49-0, T. Butcher 7-0-26-2, K. Connolly 6.1-0-21-0)