Sunday side come out on top in nail biting finish
Great Melton (20) beat Ashmanhaugh Wanderers (10) by 1 run in The Mid Norfolk Boyle Division 1
Great Melton went into their last game, having already secured second spot and therefore promotion, looking to put in a good performance.
George Bunn winning the toss elected to bat first, and with both sides having twelve players, decided to watch his team bat and take to the field later.
The innings got off to a good start as Lee Whiddett (37) and Matt Clarke (14) looked in good touch as the put on 44 for the first wicket until Clarke was deceived by a slower ball from Cardoe in the 10th over.
Martyn Cook joined Whiddett at the crease and soon got into his stride as the visitors change bowler G. Edge took the brunt of the punishment as he took his score to 26 within 5 overs.
Whiddett was then dismissed in the 16th over for a well-made 37 which brought Steve Phoenix to the wicket for his first appearance at Melton Park for 12 months.
The pair then looked to build a partnership by rotating the strike well and Cook in particular being very severe on any loose deliveries.
As the score reached 154-2 they had added 71 but Cook then hit the ball high in the air towards the long on boundary and the visitors skipper C. Beadon took a good catch to dismiss cook for another excellent half century.
Phoenix followed soon after for 29 with a slightly unfortunate dismissal as he hit the ball into his pad but could do nothing as he watched it roll back onto his stumps. Eusha Fawad (19) and Fawad Kaiser (17) added 20 for the 5th wicket but the former was run out and it looked, with 4.3 overs to go and the score on 180-5, as though Melton would fall short of the 220 they were aiming for.
Then up stepped 13 year old Joe Greenslade as he and Fawad Kaiser added 30 for the 6th wicket until Kaiser was caught for 17. With the score on 218 Greenslade was caught for 16 then G. Ducker was dismissed for a duck and it was Daniel Hayward and Neal Clarke that scrambled their way to 224-8.
The visitors reply got off to a bad start as G. Ducker bowled opener K. Brown (7) with the score on 11 and 4 overs later had I. Webster caught for 10 to leave them on 26-2 after 8 overs. This was Melton’s last success for some time skipper Bunn changed his bowlers round with N. Clarke’s poor season continued as he went at 9 an-over.
It was to be slow bowler Joe Bickel’s day as the youngster bowled an excellent spell of 10-1-29-1 to restrict the visitors batsmen and put Melton in a good position come the end of the innings.
Lee Whiddett came into the attack and had B. Eagleton (52) stumped by Matt Clarke but the game was far from over as middle order batsmen G. Edge then took on the home sides bowlers hitting 2 sixes and 5 fours in his 55.
As the game drew to a close it couldn’t have been tighter as with Bunn still trying everything to take wickets and not concede boundaries, with 4 overs left the visitors needed 36 to win with 5 wickets in hand.
Some excellent bowling from Ducker and Bunn helped by some high standard fielding the game went into the last over with Ashmanhaugh needing 5 to win.
George Ducker, normally a wicketkeeper, had the responsibility of the last over and his first two balls were dots, the third went for a single then the dangerous G. Edge holed out on the boundary with a good catch from Bunn. The fifth ball was a single so with 1 ball remaining the visitors needed 2 to tie and 3 to win, O. Cardoe hit the ball straight down the ground to Bunn who threw the ball to Ducker at the bowlers end who coolly caught the ball and broke the stumps to have T. Beadon run out for 0 to win the game for Melton by 1 run.
An excellent performance to end a good season by George Bunn’s side was appreciated by the home crowd as they finished runners up to Narborough.
Great Melton Innings
L.Whiddett b. Edge 37, M.Clarke b. Cardoe 14, M.Cook ct. Beadon b. Maraball 58, S.Phoenix b. Maraball 29, E.Fawad Run out 19, F.Kaiser ct. McIntosh b. Cardoe 17, J.Greenslade ct. Beadon b. Cardoe 16, G. Ducker ct. Edge b. Cardoe 0, N.Clarke 4 not out TOTAL 224-8 (extras 28) M.McIntosh 10-2-46-0, O.Cardoe 8-0-42-4, G.Edge 5-0-37-1, C.Beadon 5-0-26-0, T.Beadon 7-2-32-0, C.Maraball 5-1-19-2
K.Brown b. Ducker 7, I.Webster ct. Bunn b. Ducker 10, B. Eagleton st. M.Clarke b. Whiddett 52, J.Hammond run out 36, C.Beadon lbw Bickel 19, G.Edge ct. Bunn b. Ducker 55, M.McIntosh run out 25, O.Cardoe not out 5, T. Beadon run out 0 TOTAL 223-8 (extras 12) D.Hayward 8-0-38-0, G.Ducker 10-1-53-3, J.Bickel 10-1-29-1, N.Clarke 4-0-36-0, L.Whiddett 6-1-30-1, G.Bunn 2-0-22-0