Star-studded Mallards put A’s to the sword
Great Melton A (2 Points) lost to Vauxhall Mallards A (21) by 7 Wickets at QEII Playing Fields in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Three
Great Melton A:
S Wooldridge c Harrad b Allan 8
C Stearman b Ing 15
L Whiddett lbw b Bowman 27
J Ellse c & b Ing 10
J Moxon st Goodenough b Ing 0
C McKay b Ing 0
C White c Goldsmith b Bowman 5
S Woods lbw b Harmer 10
R Hayward c Goodenough b Goldsmith 18
M Mawby Not Out 4
S Wilson c Harrad b Goldsmith 0
Total (All Out, 43.3 Overs) 111
J Ing 12-3-30-4, T Allan 6-0-19-1, G Bowman 8-2-22-2, B Harmer 6-3-13-1, S Goldsmith 11.3-4-22-2
Vauxhall Mallards A:
C Amos Not Out 60
J Wilson c White b Hayward 6
G Harrad b Hayward 0
R Goodenough c White b Hayward 3
T Allan Not Out 22
Total (3 Wickets, 22.2 Overs) 115
R Hayward 10-2-41-3, M Mawby 6-1-33-0, C White 5-1-26-0, S Wilson 1.2-0-14-0
Great Melton A's difficult season continued as they were well beaten by a Vauxhall Mallards side packed with EAPL experience, containing Carl Amos, Steve Goldsmith, James Ing, Richard Goodenough and Troy Allan.
Neither did the coin toss favour the visitors and, inserted into bat, the task ahead became clear after a fast, hostile opening over from James Ing which had Simon Wooldridge calling swiftly for a helmet. The opening stand was broken in the fifth over when Troy Allan had Wooldridge caught for 8. Skipper Lee Whiddett arrived but it was Connor Stearman, stranded at the end facing Ing, who endured a barrage of short and full pitched deliveries, as well as the odd verbal, as Ing steamed in. Stearman admirably survived and even hit two boundaries in one Ing over, and at 31-1 after 8 overs Melton had dealt with the opening salvo's reasonably well, but at the start of the 9th over Ing demolished Stearman's stumps for 15. Jon Ellse (10) resisted for a while before being caught and bowled by a rearing Ing delivery with the score 47-3 from 14 overs, and the rot then set in as Jon Moxon failed to stand back in his ground after an Ing delivery to be stumped for 0 and then Chris Mckay's timbers were splattered first ball. When Connor White (5) then injudiciously struck the ball to Goldsmith at mid-on, Melton's innings was in tatters at 53-6 from 18 overs.
Whiddett, witnessing the carnage from the opposite end, remained at the crease and he set about attempting to rebuild the innings, playing watchfully. Accompanied by Simon Woods (10) they did at least bat until the 27th over before Woods was plumb lbw to Melton ladies' player Beth Harmer, who impressed in an accurate six over spell.
Ryan Hayward then joined Whiddett and they added another 23 runs until Whiddett was lbw in the 35th over for a battling 27. Whiddett is, at least, showing some form, passing 150 league runs for the season. Hayward fought on for 18, taking Melton to at least one batting point in passing 100, but the innings ended in the 44th over with Melton making just 111.
Despite that disappointment, Melton went into the field with vigour and whilst Carl Amos looked in little difficulty but for a couple of ‘jaffas' from Marcus Mawby, Ryan Hayward bowled a superb spell of line and length bowling. He deservedly had J Wilson well caught by Connor White at square leg and then knocked over Harrad's off-stump for a duck to leave Mallards 27-2 from 7 overs. Richard Goodenough joined Amos and it looked certain that he had nicked behind to keeper Woods for 0 but the umpire was unmoved, to the considerable frustration of the Melton cordon. Ultimately it did not cost Melton a great deal as Hayward removed the Mallards keeper a few overs later thanks to another catch from Connor White.
Unfortunately that only brought Troy Allan to the crease and he and Amos punished the change bowlers White and Stuart Wilson, but Melton maintained their standards throughout and it at least took Mallards until the 23rd over to reach their target. Small comforts, but Melton at least played with a spirit and endeavour in the field that suggests there is still the will to take positives from each moment.
However, unless Melton are able to enhance their batting stocks, they look short of the quality required to compete at this level, particularly against a side of Mallards' quality.