Great Melton (8 points) lost to Stow (19 points) by 6 wickets at Stow in the Mid Norfolk Sunday League Shield Premier
The problems the club – and skipper Marcus Godbold in particular – had in raising a side for the visit to Stow on Sunday have been very apparent to anyone who has been on the website and there was a real danger that the club might have to forfeit the match and take a 10-point deduction. In the end, however, helped out by club stalwarts Steve Phoenix and Daryl Godbold, youngsters Michael Farmer, Joe Bickel and Kyle Mason and U15s manager Dave Bickel, a much under-strength side not only managed to fulfil the fixture but pushed the home side all the way, only losing in the penultimate over. With nearly half the side made up of B and C Team players, Melton weren’t helped by losing Alex Cooper in the 2nd over for 1 and Martyn Cook, in the 7th over for 13 to leave them at 21-2 with the only 2 first team players back in the pavilion. George Bunn hit 26, however, and, with Matt Clarke looking assured the scoreboard ticked along at 4 an over. Clarke went on to score a good 48 to go with his century the day before, Farmer hit 13, Godbold 15 and Phoenix 27 not out as Melton managed 177-7.
Melton then performed well in the field. Mason and Godbold bowled useful opening spells and spinners Alex Cooper (10-0-39-0) and Neal Clarke (10-1-46-1) bowled 20 overs in tandem with very little luck – several excellent shouts for lbw being turned down – while George Bunn claimed the late wicket of skipper Thompson and Joe Bickel ran out Ward. Denny, survived a couple of chances, but batted very well, scoring 101 as Stow eventually reached their target with 9 balls to spare. It was a good game and all credit to Melton’s patched-up team but the day was a little spoilt by some ridiculous and histrionic appealing by the home side while Melton were batting and one or two dubious decisions when they were fielding!
A.Cooper c. (wicketkeeper) b.Moulton 1, G.Bunn b.Thompson 26, M.Cook b.Ward 13, M.Clarke b.Landamore 48, N.Clarke lbw Landamore 4, M.Farmer lbw Thompson 13, S.Phoenix Not Out 27, D.Godbold c.Denny b.Ward 15, D.Bickel Not Out 4, Extras 26. TOTAL (7 wickets) 177 (D.Ward 10-0-37-2, S.Moulton 10-2-42-1, K.Thompson 10-1-47-2, E.Landymore 10-0-43-2)
W.Denny Not Out 101, L.Smith c.Cooper b.Mason 0, D.Ward Run Out 27, E.Landymore c.Bunn b.N.Clarke 15, K.Thompson b.Bunn 18, M.Blowers Not Out 1, Extras 14. TOTAL (4 wickets) 178 (K.Mason 8-0-41-1, D.Godbold 7-1-24-0, A.Cooper 10-0-39-0, N.Clarke 10-1-46-1, G.Bunn 2.3-0-13-1, J.Bickel 1-0-11-0)