Widge Works Wonders as Melton A Gain Promotion
GREAT MELTON A (25 points) beat Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers A (5 points) by 77 Runs at Melton Park in the Frankly Digital Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Five.
Great Melton A went into this weekends' game knowing that maximum points would guarantee promotion but, with a side weakened by first team calls and unavailability, skipper Lee Whiddett knew he had to be at his resourceful best and lead by example to overcome the challenge of Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers A.
Losing the toss Melton were put into bat on a good-looking Melton wicket and the Whiddett brothers soon got into their stride, running well, picking up singles to keep the scoreboard ticking over. After 10 overs the pair had reached 50, looking very comfortable. Lee was the first to reach his half century with a drive through mid on. The skipper then looked to push on to a total in the region of 250 but, with the score on 116, he miscued a drive straight up in the air for a well made 56. This brought the in-form Matt Clarke to the crease. Jason then reached his own half century before being caught off Coltishall's Pepper who was the visitors main threat. Melton's middle order then did a great job in pushing the score to 222-7 with Matt Clarke (29), Tony Alborough (31) and George Ducker (22) all batting positively and aggressively.
After tea Melton looked to attack but there was controversy in the 1st over as Coltishall skipper P. Littlehale appeared to ‘nick' a ball from Coulson to keeper Woods. The Melton slip cordon and Coulson were convinced they had their man but the batsman and the umpire were unmoved. After this the Wanderers skipper started to hit boundaries, taking 29 off Coulson's next 3 overs. The visitors looked very comfortable so skipper Whiddett then rang the changes, bringing on his to slow bowlers, Neal Clarke and Rob Sims. This brought the breakthrough, with Clarke trapping Brown lbw for 20. With the run rate dropping, there was belief that they could still get the nine wickets they needed. At
drinks (23 overs) Coltishall were 110-1 but in the first over after the break, Clarke had Littlehale caught behind by Simon Woods for 68. Whiddett then brought himself on and it had the desired effect as wickets started to tumble. In partnership with Sims the pair ripped through the Coltishall middle and lower order taking 7 wickets between them. Coltishall's 9th wicket fell with 10 overs remaining giving them every chance of collecting the full 25 points needed for promotion and it was Sims who got the final wicket giving him figures of 10.4-1-33-4.
Melton A celebrated, following the 1st team's promotion the previous week. Hopefully the C team can make it a season to remember next week as they look to gain promotion themselves.
Great Melton A
J. Whiddett ct Bunting b. Pepper 67, L. Whiddett ct. Pepper b. Bunting 56, M. Clarke b. Pepper 29, S. Woods b. Pepper 0, A. Alborough st. Eagleton b. Pepper 31, G. Ducker ct. Bunting b. Pepper 22, C. Mckay c+b Buttifant 1, N. Clarke not out 3, R. Hayward not out 0, Extras 13. Total 222-7 (Bunting 12-1-44-1, Mactintosh 5-0-21-0, T. Beedon 12-0-44-0, Pepper 12-2-60-5, Proctor 3-0-20-0, Buttifant 2-0-20-1)
Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers A
P. Littlehale ct. Woods b. Clarke 68, K. Brown lbw Clarke 20, M. Mackintosh run out 25, O. Carle b. Sims 10, T. Beedon c+b Sims
6, J. Buttifant b. Whiddett 1, JLW ct. Woods b. Sims 4, J. Bunting lbw Whiddett 1, S. Proctor st. Woods b. Whiddett 0, R. Eagleton ct. J. Whiddett b. Sims 2, M. Pepper not out 5, Extras 5. Total 144 (G. Coulson 8-1-46-0, R. Hayward 5-1-19-0, N. Clarke 9-1-31-2, R. Sims
10.4-1-33-4, L. Whiddett 4-1-11-3)