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Wilson and Simms star for Melton

PUBLISHED: 09:44 07 May 2009 | UPDATED: 15:01 14 July 2010

Great Melton B (23 points) beat Happisburgh (9 points) by 17 runs at the UEA in the Lucas Fettes Norfolk League Division Three.

Josh Wilson, 15, and debutant Rob Simms were the stars as Melton B got their Norfolk League campaign off to a winning start at home to Happisburgh.

Great Melton B (23 points) beat Happisburgh (9 points) by 17 runs at the UEA in the Lucas Fettes Norfolk League Division Three.

Josh Wilson, 15, and debutant Rob Simms were the stars as Melton B got their Norfolk League campaign off to a winning start at home to Happisburgh.

Wilson scored 50 and clean-bowled the last two Happisburgh batsmen in successive balls to wrap up Melton's win but former Lowestoft and Sprowston bowler, Sims, bamboozled the visitors with a fine display of left-arm spin, taking 6-29 in his 11 overs. It enabled Melton to successfully defend their total of 188.

Melton should have scored in excess of 200 after Wilson's classy 54 and good innings from Damien Loines (24), Steve Clarke (29) and Paul Stearman (35) took them to 160-5 with 10 overs still remaining but the last five wickets fell for just 28 runs, Darren Jeary picking up 5-31 and R Huckle 4-31.

The visitors innings followed a similar pattern to Melton's with M Woolston (18) and C Blanch smashing 29 off the first five overs before Leo DeSalis removed Woolston.

Wayne Catchpole (35) then joined Blanch and took the score to 98-2 before skipper Steve Phoenix's decision to bring Simms into the attack paid immediate dividends with Catchpole holing out to a fine catch in the deep by Chris Uden.

Ivan Andrews (18) and Blanch threatened for a time but both fell to the wily Simms who ran through the middle order to finish with figures of 11-2-29-6, leaving Wilson (6.3-0-23-2) to finish things off in the 42nd over with the visitors still 17 runs short.

Great Melton: D Loines b Catchpole 24, J Dorling b Huckle 9, S Clarke b Jeary 29, J Wilson b Jeary 54, P Stearman b Huckle 35, S Phoenix b Jeary 10, R Simms c Huckle b Jeary 6, C Uden b Huckle 4, G Ireland b Jeary 0, R Hayward b Huckle 0, L DeSalis not out 1; extras 16. Total 188. Bowling: R Huckle 9.3-2-31-4, W Catchpole 10-1-41-1, C Wilson 6-0-30-0, D Kelly 9-0-49-0, D Jeary 7-1-31-5.

Happisburgh: M Woolston c Stearman b DeSalis 18, C Blanch c Wilson b Simms 47, C Allen c Uden b DeSalis 2, W Catchpole c Uden b Simms 35, I Andrews b Simms 18, R Raven lbw Simms 6, R Huckle c DeSalis b Simms 4, P Dennis b Wilson 6, D Jeary not out 2, C Wilson lbw Simms 7, D Kelly b Wilson 0; extras 26. Total 171. Bowling: L DeSalis 5-1-22-2, R Hayward 7-0-39-0, G Ireland 7-0-30-0, J Wilson 6 3-0-23-2, P Stearman 5-0-24-0, R Simms 11-2-29-6.

Great Melton C (7 points) lost to Hethersett and Tas Valley B (24 points) by 90 runs at Flordon in the Lucas Fettes Norfolk League Division Seven.

HETHERSETT and Tas Valley B proved too strong for a young Melton C on Saturday but there were some good performances from some of the Melton lads, particularly debutant Kyle Mason who bowled very well (10-2-48-2), his first six overs conceding just 12 runs, and from Charlie Ducker who was the pick of the Melton bowlers.

Ducker's figures of 12-0-62-5 were a bit expensive (the small TV pitch did not help) but he caused all of the Tas Valley batsmen problems and helped himself to his first “fifer.”

Sam Smith got to 65 but was dropped several times before he fell to Ducker, one of three catches by Stuart Holland. Calum Cameron supported with fine economy (12-0-38-0) but no reward and Tas looked to be stumbling before young J Howard batted well to score 41 before running himself out needlessly in the last over. Mason returned and picked up two wickets as Tas finished on 215-9.

Melton needed to bat well early on. Owen Taylor (5) and Mally Howard (5) did not find it easy at all on a good flat track. Dale Clarke (12-2-16-2) was economical and accurate and the pace of left-armer Tommy Hutt (11-1-26-3) gave Melton problems (and some bruises!)

Only Holland (15), George Ducker (14) and Calum Cameron (16) got into double figures as Melton managed 125 all out with “extras” top-scoring with 61.

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