Great Melton match-winner Clarke left stranded on 99
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Great Melton's second weekend of the season was an improvement on the first, with wins for the first team and A team.
Matt Clarke finished one run short of a century as the firsts continued their good start to the season with a win against Fakenham A.
It looked as if Olly Harris' side would be chasing a big score as Harry Bamment's 91 put Fakenham in charge early on but Melton's spinners put the brake on things and the skipper's 5-31 sparked a dramatic collapse that saw the home side bowled out for 188, with Aslam Mohammed taking 3-46 and Tom Grant 2-33.
Joey Greenslade departed early in Melton's reply but Clarke, first with Jason Whiddett (21) then Richard Wood (24), set about chasing down Fakenham's total. Finally he was joined by Aslam Mohammed whose quick-fire 22 meant Clarke couldn't quite make his century as Melton won by seven wickets in the penultimate over.
Simon Woods' A team have been rather starved of success in the last two years but things took a turn for the better on Saturday. Tom Moye was the star with best-ever figures of 9-2-26-6 as visitors Lowestoft A were dismissed for 138. There were two wickets for fellow spinner Joe Bickel and one each for Matt Henderson and Marcus Mawby (9-1-31-1), who also took three excellent catches. Woody Loines and Lee Whiddett then batted sensibly to get Melton into a winning position before Loines was caught-behind for 36. Jonathan Ellse then scored a classy 32 and, with Whiddett still there at the end on 47, Melton A won by nine wickets.
For the Bs and Cs it is played two, lost two. Aylsham St Giles' C Deller hit 150 and J Hussain 41 as the visitors took advantage of some variable bowling at Town Close to compile 239-6. Skipper Matt Rushton was the best of the bowlers with 2-22 and Imaad Khalid (41) and Phil Bugg batted well without finding the boundaries needed to get close to Aylsham's big total. In the end Melton were bowled out for 125.
Club stalwarts Chris Elliott, with 59, and Tony Alborough, with 29, got the Cs off to a good start against Vauxhall Mallards B but the rest of the batting failed to build on that solid foundation. Nevertheless Melton's total of 161-7 looked quite good but Jack Austin's 65 and Garry Caswell's 45 ensured Vauxhall won with seven wickets and 12 overs to spare.