GREAT MELTON C (26 points) beat GREAT YARMOUTH B (6 points) by 184 runs at Town Close in the Norfolk League Division 4SE

Great Melton C Team Manager, Duncan Greenslade, has not had the luxury of a large squad to choose from most Saturdays this season and is usually scraping around for players on a Friday night but, on Saturday, he was faced with the difficult decision of having to leave players out.  In contrast, Great Yarmouth turned up (eventually as several players got lost!) at Town Close with only 9 players.  Skipper Paul Kitchen called correctly and invited Melton to bat on a damp wicket and, once enough Yarmouth players had assembled, the game finally started.

Steve Phoenix (8) and Michael Wormstone (7) were early dismissals, both falling in identical fashion hitting short-balls from Blundeston loanee, Steve Ramsdale, straight to Dave Riley at square leg who pouched two very good catches.  With the visitors bowling attack looking far from threatening, Melton’s openers felt they might have missed out – and they had!  Aimee Palmer got off the mark with a 6 and, with Duncan Greenslade, made batting look comfortable before both were bowled by Kitchen for 37 and 38 respectively.  Tom Coleman went for 11 but that brought together 14-year-old James Bridges and the more experienced Kevin Ellis who both dealt mainly in boundaries in an entertaining stand of 74 in just 11 overs to take Melton past the 200. Bridges hit 3 sixes and 9 fours in an excellent 71 while Ellis was in typical belligerent mood in scoring 36.  Josh Wright (10) and Clive Rennie (15 not out) then pushed the score up to 255 although the visitors stuck to their task well and were rewarded with maximum bowling points thanks to Kitchen (10-5-25-4) and Ramsdale (9-0-62-4).

After 14 overs it looked as if Yarmouth’s numbers would be boosted when a 10th player appeared but, bizarrely, having changed and joined his colleagues, he discovered he wouldn’t be able to bowl until the stipulated 14 overs had elapsed- as per the laws of cricket – whereupon he left in high dudgeon and headed back to Yarmouth to leave his colleagues with 9.

Palmer and Desalis opened the bowling for Melton and the former, having been hit for a six and a four by Riley, came back strongly, trapping him lbw with the score on 24.  Four consecutive maidens from Josh Wright & Clive Rennie then kept the pressure on the Yarmouth batsmen and Rennie was rewarded with the wickets of Nicholls (1), Stapely first ball then, the Yarmouth skipper Kitchen, well caught by skipper Phoenix for 24.  Wright deservedly got his reward for an excellent spell of 6-2-12-1 by bowling Manning and it was left to Caitlin Ellis (3-2-5-1) and Bridges (2.1-0-4-1) to finish off the Yarmouth innings, although the final wicket came from a direct-hit run out by Rennie from short third-man.  Yarmouth were all out for 71 with Rennie taking 3-16, Palmer 1-20 and DeSalis 0-10 plus a catch in a good all-round bowling and fielding performance.

However James Bridges was voted ‘top banana’ for his impressive 71.

For full scorecard click here: http://greatmelton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3116180

Steve Phoenix

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