Adult cricket round-up
Hethersett and Tas Valley Seconds went down by five wickets to Bungay in a rain-affected match that was reduced to 35 overs per side. Hethersett were bowled out for 110 in 34.5 overs with Stuart Cooper hitting 41. Bungay reached 111-5 off 30.4 overs with Phil Walmsley taking 2-12 from nine overs. This week the seconds are home to Norwich Thirds.
Hethersett and Tas Valley Thirds had a good 73-run victory over Shipdham Seconds. Hethersett amassed 224-5 with Thomas Hutt scoring 67, Mark Worley 38 and Glen Wilson 36 not out. Shipdham were bowled out for 151 with Hutt capping a fine game with 3-20 and Tony Dow taking 2-31. This week the Thirds are home to Old Buckenham Fourths.
Hethersett and Tas Valley Sunday beat Mundford by 22 runs in the Mid Norfolk Sunday League Division One. Hethersett scored 213-6 in their 40 overs with Matthew Ellis 91 not out and other good contributions from Rob Mitchell (34), Ross Jones (22) and Sam Smith (21). Mundford replied with 191-9 with Nick Burrett taking 3-34 and Al Watts 3-14.
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Hethersett and Tas Valley are through to the second round of the Wensum 20-20 competition after a 46-run victory over UEA Registry. Rule changes in this season's competition mean that first team players are virtually ruled out. Nevertheless Hethersett hammered 180-8 with Phil Walmsley scoring an unbeaten 41. UEA replied with 134-8 with Dave Austin taking 5-33.
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Great Melton A (25 pts) beat Diss A (3) by 162 runs at Rectory Meadow in Frankly Digital Norfolk Alliance Division Five.
Outstanding individual displays saw Great Melton A claim a comfortable victory against Diss A as Jason Whiddett and Dave Allum made centuries and Rob Sims, on his A team debut, took seven wickets.
With showers around throughout the day and a downpour before the toss, captain Lee Whiddett was concerned after losing the toss and being asked to bat first. Conditions looked tricky early on as Diss opening bowlers Bell and Ward restricted Melton to 20 from nine overs.
However, from them on Melton took a grip on proceedings, as Jason Whiddett and Dave Allum dominated the change bowlers. Whiddett and Allum took the score to 88-0 from 20 overs and then pressed on in two chanceless knocks. Allum was particularly severe on anything over-pitched with a series of impressive straight drives, whilst Whiddett scored an avalanche of runs through third man and went 'inside-out' over extra cover. A tiring Whiddett eventually departed for an outstanding 109, including 13 fours and a six, soon after followed by Allum (103) whose knock included 11 fours. Their stand of 242 in 37 overs was just three runs short of a club record.
Paul Stearman (19 no) and Lee Whiddett (12) then added quick runs at the end to take Melton to a seemingly insurmountable 286 for four.
In reply, Diss openers Kilian and Witting started well, but Ryan Hayward and Daryl Godbold constantly threatened a breakthrough and it came when Godbold (2-21) removed both Kilian and Chenery in quick succession. Witting and K Park (33) dug in and Diss looked in a reasonable position to draw the game at 95 for two at the drinks break.
Rob Sims, however, had other ideas. Making his A-team debut, Sims showed his considerable talent in bowling with turn and control and once he had removed the obdurate Witting for 26, he destroyed the Diss middle order. Wickets fell in quick succession as Diss slumped to 113 for seven in 31 overs. Sims went on to produce outstanding figures of 12-3-33-7 and Matt Clarke polished off the final wicket in the 39th over to seal a maximum points victory.
Great Melton A: J Whiddett c Kilian b Barker 109, D Allum run out 103, M Clarke c Witting b Bell 0, P Stearman not out 19, L Whiddett run out 12, G King not out 1; extras 42 Total (4 wkts, 46 overs) 286. Bowling: Bell 12-1-52-1, Ward 6-0-12-0, Pask 6-0-36-0, Kilian 4-1-25-0, Betts 5-0-38-0, Chenery 6-0-33-0, Barker 7-0-51-1.
Diss A: Killian c Allum b Godbold 26, Witting lbw b Sims 26, B Chenery c Allum b Godbold 4, K Park b Sims 33, C Barker c Bunn b Sims 13, C Atkinson b Clarke 4, D Philpott lbw b Sims 0, J Allen c Woods b Sims 0, D Betts b Sims 0, W Ward not out 5, J Bell b Sims 0; extras 13. Total (all out, 38.4 overs) 124. Bowling: R Hayward 7-1-29-0, D Godbold 8-0-21-2, R Sims 12-3-33-7, G Bunn 10-2-30-0, L Whiddett 1-0-2-0, M Clarke 0.4-0-1-1.
Great Melton B (9 pts) lost to Martham (25) by 61 runs at Martham in Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Three.
Great Melton B's winning start to the season ended against Martham, whose opener J Watnough scored 95 in Martham's imposing total of 282 for nine. Watnough showed his hand early by hitting the usually reliable Gary Coulson (11-1-70-3) for four in his first over. This continued to be the trend for the next 15 overs as the Martham batsmen hit boundaries at an alarming rate. After 15 overs, Martham were 127-0, with Watnough reaching his half-century, well supported by A Sayer. It wasn't until the 19th over that Melton took their first wicket when Fawad Kaiser had Sayer caught by Mardell for 53 with the score at 152. Watnough fell five short of his century in the 22nd over, again with Mardell taking a stunning catch off the bowling of Kaiser (12-1-63-3). This is the second time in two games that Melton have been on the receiving end of a batsman scoring 95. Melton now began to turn the screw, with N Clarke trapping Fairbrother lbw for 14, wickets now beginning to fall regularly. Having been 152-0 going into the 19th over, Martham looked to be posting a total well in excess of 300, but their next 26 overs was in complete contrast at 129-9. The pick of the bowlers was David Bunn (11-2-52-1), whilst Gary Coulson and Fawad Kaiser took three wickets each.
After the break, Melton set about their mammoth task of chasing down the 282 for victory. The innings didn't start well, as with the first ball of the innings Martham bowler S Randell got one to lift sharply off a length and hit Neal Clarke on the gloves, looping up to gully. Fortunately there was a call of 'no ball' from the umpire. Despite this, Melton lost their first wicket three overs later, as Tony Alborough guided one to third slip for a duck. This brought skipper Woody Loines to the crease, who set about the task in his normal aggressive manner. After 20 overs Melton had scored 91 runs, but unfortunately they had lost four wickets. This continued to be the theme of the innings as Melton continued to lose wickets regularly, putting an end to any chance of chasing down 282.
Great Melton C (25 pts) beat Ketterigham Hall A (2) by eight wickets at Town Close in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division Six.
A 'fifer' in just 11 balls by Leo DeSalis and a solid 39 not out by Steve Clarke helped Melton make it three wins out of three for the C team. With rain threatening, Melton skipper Mally Howard had no hesitation in inviting visitors Ketteringham Hall to bat after winning the toss and Daniel Hayward struck immediately, having Britton caught by Kevin Frazer at slip with the first ball of the match. This set the pattern, with wickets falling at regular intervals thereafter. Hayward (5-1-10-1) and Tom Smith (5-2-12-1) both bowled good opening spells and Michael Farmer (5-2-16-2) and Frazer (6-0-25-1) both made further inroads into the Ketteringham Hall batting, before Leo DeSalis was brought on to complete the job. This he did in sensational fashion. Helped by three excellent close catches by Steve Phoenix, DeSalis tore through the visitors' tail to finish with figures of 1.5-0-4-5. N Atkinson top-scored for Hall with 16, as they were bowled out for 75.
Any doubts the visitors had about the wicket's occasional high bounce were soon dispelled as Melton knocked off the runs before tea. They lost youngsters Toby Wyatt (15) and Joe Bickel (5) but Steve Clarke's unbeaten 39 and skipper Howard's 16 not out saw them to a comfortable eight-wicket victory in 18 overs.
Ketteringham Hall A: J Briggs lbw Farmer 12, M Britton c Frazer b Hayward 0, J Utting c Wyatt b Smith 6, B Button c Bickel b Frazer 7, P Woods c Smith b Farmer 4, N Atkinson lbw DeSalis 16, R Valentine c Phoenix b DeSalis 14, D Howes c Phoenix b DeSalis 0, M Bradley not out 6, D Newlands c Phoenix b DeSalis 0, P Barrett c-b DeSalis 0; extras 10. Total 75. Bowling: D Hayward 5-1-10-1, T Smith 5-2-12-1, M Farmer 5-2-16-2, K Frazer 6-0-25-1, L DeSalis 1.5-0-4-5.
Great Melton C: S Clarke not out 39, T Wyatt c Utting b Button 15, J Bickel lbw Utting 5, M Howard not out 16; extras 2. Total (2 wkts) 78. Bowling: J Utting 8-2-21-1, B Button 5-1-21-1, P Barrett 2-0-11-0, D Newlands 2-0-12-0, M Bradley 1.1-0-12-0.
n GREAT MELTON YOUTH: The U13s beat Diss by 20 runs at Diss in the first round of the ECB competition.
The U11s beat Old Buckenham U11s by 10 runs at Melton Park in the Terry Moore Trophy, with Luke Marchant taking five wickets for one run in 12 balls.
The U11s beat Garboldisham U11s by seven wickets at Melton Park in the South Norfolk Community League.