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Emphatic win for Melton

PUBLISHED: 11:08 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 14:35 14 July 2010

Great Melton's first team and A team games were rained off but the determination of Norwich & Coltishall and Melton B to get a game of cricket despite the drizzly conditions paid off.

Great Melton's first team and A team games were rained off but the determination of Norwich & Coltishall and Melton B to get a game of cricket despite the drizzly conditions paid off.

Melton's strength showed as a fine all-round display saw them consolidate their position at the top of Division Six with an emphatic 163-run victory.

George Bunn, 14, was Melton's man of the match with 45 not out and 3-11, but there were several other good performances.

Melton's total of 207-4 was excellent, considering they had been asked to bat on a very damp wicket. Henry Wanchoo (17) and Ben Mann had an opening stand of 36, Mann (45) and Phil Lachowycz (15) then took the score into the eighties before both fell in quick succession, bringing father and son David and George Bunn in.

Adding 64 in 10 overs, they took the score to 152 before David was bowled for 31. George, who had played some fine shots, was then joined by skipper Steve Phoenix and a quick 50 partnership in the final eight overs took Melton past 200. George Bunn was unbeaten on 45, with Phoenix on 27no.

It was then the bowlers' turn. Chris Wardale and Jake Mardell produced excellent opening spells and after 13 overs the home side were 20-3. Two wickets went to Mardell whose promotion after just two games for the C team was fully justified. He bowled an excellent line and length to return figures of 2-7.

George Bunn (3-11) and Henry Wanchoo (2-10) then removed the middle order before supporters were treated to a slice of Melton history as Ali Wardale stepped out. Bowling as if he had never been away, Melton's 500-plus wicket-taker added the wicket of Michael Lee to his total.

Wanderers capitulated at 44 all out as Melton picked up the maximum 26 points.

Great Melton's run in the Lady Mary Trophy ended in the second round with a heavy defeat at Alliance Division One side Stow. The hosts opted to bat first but soon found themselves in trouble when Duncan Osborne bowled opener Thomson for one in the third over. Jonny Cooper followed this up by removing D Brassett with the score on only seven to bring Stow skipper Ed Landymore to the crease.

Alex Cooper benefitted from the first of three lbws to send Albutt back to the pavilion. Smith fell the same way in the 19th over, and when the umpire pulled the trigger for the third time eight overs later the home team were reeling at 70-5.

The brought Zimbabwean international Mahwire to the crease. With only a few runs to his name, Mahwire was bowled by Daryl Godbold but controversially allowed to stay there. Landymore and Mahwire began to play their shots, taking 83 from the last 10 overs to finish on 197-5.

Melton began their reply well with Richard Wood and Jonny Cooper both looking comfortable. The Stow change bowlers bowled a much tighter line, runs started to dry up and Wood was removed.

C Brassett removed Cooper then Martin Bunn and Marcus Godbold. Matt Clarke made 14.

Simon Woods, Daryl Godbold then Henry Wanchoo picked up a few runs in the final overs, but in the end Melton were well beaten by 59 runs.

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