Winning draw for Melton
Great Melton (14 pts) had a winning draw against Sprowston A (4 pts) at Melton Park in the Alliance Division Four.Martin Cook hit 83 in just 54 balls and Richard Wood 88 for Great Melton but the Norfolk Alliance Division Four's match-of-the-day between the two leaders petered out into a rather tame draw as Melton's total of 238-6 proved beyond visitors Sprowston A.
Great Melton (14 pts) had a winning draw against Sprowston A (4 pts) at Melton Park in the Alliance Division Four.
Martin Cook hit 83 in just 54 balls and Richard Wood 88 for Great Melton but the Norfolk Alliance Division Four's match-of-the-day between the two leaders petered out into a rather tame draw as Melton's total of 238-6 proved beyond visitors Sprowston A.
Wood and Jason Whiddett (33) gave Melton a solid platform with a partnership of 65 but, when Whiddett was dismissed for 33 in the 26th over with the score on 83, skipper Mark Scott decided to send in Cook.
It proved an inspired decision as the young right-hander blasted a six off the first ball then proceeded to hammer the bowlers to all parts of the ground. His fifty came up in just 13 scoring shots and included three huge sixes.
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Wood joined in with a flurry of boundaries himself as the score moved hurriedly on. He was eventually out for 88, an innings that included 15 fours and a six and, by the time Cook was out for 83 the score had moved on to 232, Melton eventually totalling 238-6.
The visitors showed no sign that they were prepared to go for victory and Neil Hubbard and Ryan Hayward bowled tidy opening spells, the first 20 overs producing just 62 runs.
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Glozier (23), Palmer (33), Graver (24), Spilling (32 not out), Robinson (22) and Stanley (25) all contributed twenties or thirties and George Bunn celebrated his promotion to the first team with three wickets but with several key players missing only six wickets were taken in total as Sprowston ended on 181.
Great Melton: R Wood c Graver b Nibblet 88, M Godbold b Willimott 3, J Whiddett c-b Graver 33, M Cook c Glozier b Ferguson 83, M Clarke b Ferguson 6, G Bunn b Willimott 4, O Harris not out 2, M Scott not out 1; extras 21. Total (6 wkts) 238. Bowling: S Nibblet 10-1-49-1, A Willimott 10-1-37-2, T Cook 5-0-19-0, B Graver 10-1-65-1, D Roff 6-0-26-0, A Ferguson 5-0-32-2.
Sprowston A: J Glozier run out 23, L Palmer c Harris b Bunn 33, B Graver c Woods b Harris 24, A Ferguson lbw Bunn 4, J Spilling not out 32, G Robinson b Scott 22, H Stanley c Hubbard b Bunn 25, D Roff not out 8; extras 10. Total (6 wkts) 181. Bowling: N Hubbard 10-2-26-0, R Hayward 9-1-41-0, O Harris 12-0-35-1, G Bunn 10-0-61-3, M Scott 5-0-16-1.
An understrength Great Melton B were outclassed by Felthorpe at UEA, losing by 138 runs. The visitors, batting first, took full advantage of the inexperienced Melton attack to score 255-6, A Arthurton (55) and G Carpenter (52 not out) both helping themselves to half-centuries.
Grenville Ireland (12-2-40-0) did his best to stem the flow of runs and Kyle Mason (10-0-58-1), Chris Greenslade (7-0-46-3), Toby Wyatt (9-0-51-0) and Daniel Hayward (7-1-45-2) all worked hard but the big-hitting Felthorpe batsmen carried too much fire-power on the day. 13-year-old Greenslade did pick up three wickets for his afternoon's work.
Melton's batting line-up never looked capable of chasing down such a big total, especially after losing Owen Taylor and Phil Lachowycz both for ducks in Rayner's first over! George Ducker, with 31, showed commendable application, especially against Raynerpace but skipper Moxon (15) and Hayward (12) were the only other players to reach double figures as Melton B were bowled out for 117 in the 38th over, Hewitt (12-1-33-3), Rayner
(10-2-33-2), Grant (9-2-23-2), Edwards (2-2-0-2) and Arthurton (4-2-7-1) sharing the wickets.
Great Melton C (23 pts) beat Bacton Sabres (8 pts) by two wickets at the UEA in the Lucas and Fettes Norfolk League Division Seven.
David Bunn came out of retirement to score an unbeaten 97 and help a very young Great Melton C team to their first win of the season against Bacton.
With player unavailability taking its toll on the C's, Melton included one U15, three U14s and two U13s in a team that saw Michael Farmer, Johnny Malcolm, Josh Mellor and Stuart Wilson all making their senior debuts. Having won the toss, skipper Steve Phoenix elected to field first and the opening partnership of the experienced Leo DeSalis and young Tom Smith did an excellent job in restricting Bacton to just 26 off the first 12 overs.
Farmer then joined the attack and, in a lively and impressive five over spell, removed both openers, Lawrence for 20 and Vann for 22. Stuart Wilson, Joe Bickle and Josh Mellor kept things tight in the middle of the innings and, although Martin (20), Salmon (39) and Larter (27) all made decent scores, Melton bowled and fielded very well.
DeSalis returned to claim 2-35 and overtake Chris Betts to become the third-highest wicket-taker in the history of the club with 516 wickets as Bacton finally reached 181-6.
It looked a big total for Melton's youngsters to chase and it needed a substantial innings from a senior player if they were to get close. That player proved to be David Bunn who, having already kept wicket for 45 overs, then proceeded to play a masterly innings.
The boys batted around him with Joe Bush scoring 13 then Michael Farmer 18 in a fourth-wicket stand of 83. When wickets fell and Bacton sensed victory, first Mellor (14) then Smith (0 not out) resisted stubbornly. It was fittingly the left-hander who hit the winning run in the 39th over and perhaps unfortunate that it was not the boundary that would have given him a deserved century.
Although Bunn was the star, all the youngsters were very impressive as the C-side got their season up and running.
Bacton Sabres: B Lawrence b Farmer 20, G Vann lbw Farmer 22, M Martin c Bunn b DeSalis 20, R Stringer b Mellor 6, R Salmon c Bush b DeSalis 39, S Cain c Phoenix b Smith 3, A Larter not out 27, I Howes not out 4; extras 40. Total (6 wkts) 181. Bowling: L DeSalis 12-4-35-2, T Smith 8-1-33-1, M Farmer 8-1-37-2, S Wilson 5-0-21-0, J Bickle 6-1-19-0, J Mellor 4-1-15-1, S Phoenix 2-0-6-0.
Great Melton C: D Bunn not out 97, J Malcolm b Howes 0, J Bush b Cain 13, S Phoenix b Cain 2, M Farmer c Howes b Vann 18, L DeSalis c b Vann 8, J Bickle b Larter 0, C Gristwood lbw Vann 3, J Mellor c Martin b Larter 14, T Smith not out 0; extras 27. Total (8 wkts) 182.