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Super Cooper aids Melton win

PUBLISHED: 17:18 10 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:35 14 July 2010

Alex Cooper, 17, took five wickets and Jason Whiddett scored an unbeaten 88 as Great Melton enjoyed a good day at Norwich B, winning by seven wickets.

Norwich opted to bat first and got off to a flyer, getting 40 in the first seven overs.

Alex Cooper, 17, took five wickets and Jason Whiddett scored an unbeaten 88 as Great Melton enjoyed a good day at Norwich B, winning by seven wickets.

Norwich opted to bat first and got off to a flyer, getting 40 in the first seven overs.

Mark Scott secured the breakthrough when Burton was caught in the gully by Jason Whidett.

Cooper completed his maiden five-for in senior cricket when Wood casually plucked a fine catch out of the air at long-off to remove Bradford for 64.

Veteran Colin Whurr and youngster Nudd pushed the score along at the end to bring the final total up to 184-7.

Melton openers Wood and Whiddett got the reply off to a steady start until Wood toe-ended a cut to gully off Nudd for 12.

Cooper came to the crease and immediately looked in good touch while Whiddett dug in, but for a while the required run rate began to climb until Whiddett began to find his touch.

Cooper looked like he was destined to round off his great day with a half-century until he holed out in the deep, looking well set on 30, but this only brought Martin Bunn to the party. With Whiddett now flowing, Bunn unleashed a flurry of hard- hit boundaries until he nicked one to the keeper with the target well in sight.

Marcus Godbold helped finish the job in the 38th over with Whidett, who remained unbeaten on 88 at the end.

Melton A 246-9 (8 pts) lost to Garboldisham A (250-6) by four wickets, losing their unbeaten record. Lee Whiddett (54) and Tony Alborough (47) top scored. Viv Sharma took three late wickets.

Phil Lachowycz hit 80 and took two wickets as leaders Melton B extended their unbeaten record to eight matches with a convincing 80-run win over Eaton. Bunn took 3-30.

Melton U13 lost to Garboldisham, but beat Saxlingham in the Alan Bridgewater Trophy.

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