The opposition's viewpoint: a match report for the Lynn News by Mellis CC's chairman's brother-in-law, Jeremy Cameron:
CASTLE ACRE V MELLIS. 7TH JULY 2018.
This was the battle of the beautiful villages.
Mellis has pink houses and sits around a large area of common land where villagers may graze their great beasts. It has a pub and a level crossing and two farms and a quiet pace of life.
A peculiarity of the cricket club is that all the players are foreigners. This is because (whisper it) Mellis is in Suffolk.
However, showing great good sense Mellis applied to join Norfolk (just the cricket so far) and they have been doing very well. Vying with Garboldisham at the top of NCL Division 2 West, they were expected to give Castle Acre a thwacking.
Castle Acre has two village greens, only one pub now but a vibrant shop and chippie. It does have a castle and priory so should be adequately defended.
It was a strange and enthralling day.
It seemed likely that the whole of the league would succumb to a mysterious last minute illness, a sudden attack of palsy or moral lassitude, that would render them totally prostrate between three and five o'clock on Saturday and unable to play cricket. To counter this sudden epidemic, the league sensibly told clubs they could start early, reduce the number of overs and then go off to watch the World Cup on TV. This seemed to forestall the infection. It should have been used in earlier centuries for the plague.
An extraordinary number of heavily bearded men seemed to have descended on Castle Acre today. Some of them were playing in the cricket match. One of them could have been WG Grace if he had been taller, fatter and right handed.
Mellis were seeking 200 in their allotted 30 overs. They plastered the ball all over the field and reached 216. Chris Farrant scored a violent 93 and Nandi Herat 39.
It seemed all over.
However, nobody had told Steve Piper and Dean Wall that. In fact there was no pretence at reason or sense. "Go for it," Wall was told.
He did. Indeed he caused consternation by unfurling a shot never before seen in connection with his bat - the off drive. Twice. Apart from that, he thrashed the ball in all directions that a crossed bat (or even a cross bat) could find. It was magnificent.
Meanwhile, Piper was doing the same with a straight bat and the partnership tore away. Then Piper was caught for 88. Next ball, Wall went too.
It was all downhill from there.
At least that was how it seemed. Jason Fryett and Luke Fryett put up resistance but the march was inexorable. 30 were needed off 4 overs. 27 off 3. 23 off 2. 14 off 1 to win.
The last over began.
The first ball was a wide.
Oops, it's squeaky bum time.
Luke Fryett drove the next ball magnificently for 4.
And the next one.
5 needed off four balls.
Two dot balls followed.
Then a run out as they were forced to go for a suicidal second run.
4 needed off the last ball.
Fryett got an edge. They ran one. They were run out on another impossible second.
Mellis won by two runs.
"What a fine game of cricket!" said everyone on both sides. Nobody wept. Nobody flung themselves on the earth. (The ground is much too hard anyway.) Everyone shook hands and went off to watch the World Cup in the pub.
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