Veteran deSalis turns C Team game Melton’s way.
GREAT MELTON C (26pts) beat HARDINGHAM A (8pts) by 40 runs at Town Close in the Norfolk League Division 3W
Simon Carding conducted a good team performance to lead his C team to a morale-enhancing victory over local rivals Hardingham A at Town Close.
Steve Clarke (8) could not survive to replicate last week’s impressive opening stance, which brought debutante Imaad (43) to the crease to partner Fergus Hughes (54). The youngster once again displayed his class, compiling runs all round the track enroute to his maiden senior 50. Imaad looked well set for his own despite initially struggling with the slow pitch, before finally surrendering to a straight one from Meikle.
Tony Alborough (27) helped to set a strong platform, with Melton 159-3 off 35 overs but with Fawad (13) reluctant to run singles, Tony became frustrated, and was caught behind chasing a loose one. Though Aimee Palmer (12) dispatched an exquisite cover drive in her brief stay, it was only Eusha (12) of the lower order who could assist in the persuit of a winning score but Melton’s 209-9 looked challenging enough.
C Sparkes (37) and M Eastman (63) put paid to any hopes of an early break-through, with both Palmer and Luke Richards being punished. At 76 without loss off 12 overs, Hardingham were well set for a comfortable victory. Leo deSalis was passed the baton and asked to punish his ailing limbs. He immediately settled into good rhythm, combining control with guile. Sparkes looped a gentle one to Eusha at cover; Aimee took a simple catch to remove Watts (4) and Imaad clung to a straight forward chance at gully to send Halsted (9) back. The big hitting Eastman, who had earlier dispatched the veteran bowler into the nearby gardens, was trapped in front, before ex-Melton player Emily Reay was stumped without troubling the scorers. Another fifer for the collection, and the visitors were reeling at 127-5 off 27, still needing 76 from 18 overs. deSalis returned figures of 12-5-23-5.
Carding senior, playing second fiddle from the Garden Centre end, was also bowling tight lines to return impressive figures of 3-19 off 9 overs to ensure it was not a virtuoso performance from de Salis. Jamie Fowle (20) offered some stubborn resistance, but Sam Carding (2-17) bustled in help finish the game with a flourish as Hardingham were dismissed for 169.