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Woe for Bungay

PUBLISHED: 11:33 08 August 2008 | UPDATED: 07:34 01 August 2010

BUNGAY suffered their worst defeat of the season on Saturday as they capitulated to a 115-run defeat at the hands of a resurgent Great Melton side.

This was a disappointing performance from a side that before this match were looking at competing for the Norfolk League title.

BUNGAY suffered their worst defeat of the season on Saturday as they capitulated to a 115-run defeat at the hands of a resurgent Great Melton side.

This was a disappointing performance from a side that before this match were looking at competing for the Norfolk League title.

Bungay now face a massive struggle to up their game for the visit of Great Witchingham A tomorrow as they look to continue their chase on the top three in Division One.

The day started well for Bungay as, with humidity and rain forecast, they fielded first and opening bowlers C Fuller and D Fuller looked to exploit the conditions. Despite light but consistent drizzle, the bowlers stuck to their task with the captain conceding just 11 runs from his opening seven overs.

But the Bungay fielders failed to take any of the three chances offered until A James entered the attack and had J Whiddett caught behind for 25.

Great Melton had set up a good platform and R Wood in particular looked assured against some tight bowling from T York and A James, who took the wickets of Cooper, caught at mid-wicket and M Bunn trapped lbw for 14.

J Howard joined Wood and immediately looked to up the tempo, launching a few big shots. At 110-3 after 30 overs the consistent drizzle turned to heavy rain and the players took an early tea.

After about an hour and a half the players returned to glorious sunshine. However, Wood was still in composed mood as he moved past his 50 and then looked to up the tempo.

Three further catches were dropped before D Fuller first held on to a skier from Howard and then M Cook went first ball thanks to an excellent catch at square leg by A Kirkpatrick.

D Bunn joined Wood who by now had passed a well deserved hundred and the pair pushed the home side past the 200 mark, taking 17 from the final over, Wood finishing unbeaten on 123.

Wood has now scored 177 runs without being dismissed by the Bungay attack this season, and Fuller's men clearly need to find a way to get him out when the sides meet again next year.

In reply, Bungay got off to a flyer with S Smith returning to the first team joining Watts. Bungay were 30 from the first four overs. Melton started to claw back the initiative and Watts was first to go, caught in the gully for 25.

T York and C Fuller both fell without scoring, and when D Fuller was caught at mid-on Bungay were reeling at 45-4.

Smith continued, however found scoring hard and he was out for 22. The Melton bowlers bowled well on their home pitch and, with the help of some excellent catching, took wickets at regular intervals.

Bungay never recovered and finished in the 31st over, 98 all out.

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