Superb Stearman fires A’s to vital victory
Great Melton A (25 Points) beat Mundford (8) by 59 runs in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
Great Melton A:
L Whiddett Run Out 4
M Farmer caught b Palmer 16
G Ducker b Allsop 11
N Clarke Run Out 4
P Stearman caught b White 129
J Moxon b Leeder 0
A Alborough c & b Allsop 4
S Woods Not Out 11
J Bickel caught b White 0
T Smith b Yates 7
A Thompson lbw b Yates 8
Total (All out, 44.5 Overs) 209
Yates 9.5-3-29-2, Palmer 6-2-20-1, Allsop 8-1-49-2, Leeder 11-4-58-1, White 8-3-31-2, Bailey 2-0-17-0
M Florence Run Out (Farmer) 29
C McIsaac c Ducker b Thompson 21
R Yates c Clarke b Stearman 0
J Palmer b Stearman 23
C White c Clarke b Bickel 3
M Frost lbw b Bickel 5
M Allsop lbw b Stearman 15
M Perryman b Stearman 4
A Bailey st Ducker b Bickel 4
M Leeder Not Out 5
J Yates b Smith 9
Total (All Out, 42.5 Overs) 150
A Thompson 12-2-27-1, T Smith 7.5-3-19-1, P Stearman 12-0-45-4, M Farmer 4-0-21-0, J Bickel 7-1-27-3
A magnificent performance by Paul Stearman saw Great Melton A end a losing streak stretching back to 1st June as his maiden century, coupled with 4-45, saw the A’s draw clear of their relegation rivals at a sunny and hot Mundford.
For some time it had looked as though Melton would suffer another morale sapping defeat as their batting once again failed to fire. Michael Farmer (16) having despatched three boundaries from the second over of the game gloved behind, and then George Ducker was guilty of some dreadful calling as he ran out skipper Lee Whiddett with a classic ‘yes, no, sorry’ moment. When Ducker himself was then bowled and then Neal Clarke ran out backing up at the non-strikers end, Melton were 41-4 after 14 overs.
What then followed was quite unbelievable. Stearman took a six off only his second scoring shot, and whilst Jon Moxon fell for a duck with the score on 60, Stearman found support as Tony Alborough and then Simon Woods hung around whilst all manner of chaos reigned at the other end. Stearman began to despatch the ball to all parts, over the pavilion roof and knocking a tile off the adjacent community centre in an imperious display containing 9 sixes and 15 fours. It truly was a display including some of the cleanest ball striking you will ever see, and having entered the fray in the 14th over and being out in the 40th, Stearman had scored 129 of the 188 runs scored at that stage.
Tom Smith and Simon Woods, the latter struggling with an achilles injury, helped eek up the score and thanks to a couple of fine strikes by Adam Thompson, Melton posted 209, probably only a par score on Mundford’s lightning outfield despite Stearman’s heroics.
However, the score suddenly looked worth considerably more as Melton continued their impressive fielding displays this season, with Adam Thompson and Tom Smith conceding just 8 runs in the first 9 overs of the Mundford reply. Cameron McIsaac began to chance his arm and survived a couple of dropped catches by Whiddett before finally nicking behind for 21. Robin Yates then went for a duck as Stearman continued his magical day with his first wicket. He then dismissed Mundford’s best looking batsman, S Palmer, for 23 and at 92-3 from 30 overs Mundford looked well behind the rate.
Joe Bickel then came on and he and Stearman ran through the rest of the home side’s batting. Once the obdurate Florence (29) was run out from the boundary by Michael Farmer, White and Frost fell to Bickel before Stearman completed a four-fer with the wickets of Allsop and Perryman. With Bailey then stumped off Bickel by stand-in keeper George Ducker, Mundford were 131-9 from 39 overs. The denouement was left to the returning Smith as he castled last man Yates to seal a much needed maximum points victory for the A’s.