Ketteringham Hall A (245/3) beat Great Melton C (169/8) by 76 runs at Ketteringham Hall in the Norfolk League Division 4 South
A debut double by third generation ‘Phoenix’ clan member, Ben Johnson, was not enough to inspire Great Melton C to victory in this local derby at Ketteringham Hall.
Richard Cheal (116*), whose son Harry plays for Melton’s U11s, scored a maiden century as the home side benefited from a flat pitch and a wet ball making conditions tough for the bowlers. He was ably supported by home captain Ben Gibbins (63) in an opening stand of 178. The home score was bolstered by 47 extras.
Chris Elliott dropped quickly to take a smart return catch to make the initial breakthrough, before Ben Johnson struck twice in succession to be on a hat-trick on senior debut, both clean bowled, to rapturous applause from players and spectators a-like.
Leo de Salis (20) and Chris Elliott (23) set a reasonable platform for the visitors, but a large score was needed by someone. Steve Phoenix (27) and Duncan Greenslade (31) also made decent starts, yet were unable to convert, and it was left to Ashley Plamer (11*) to guide Melton past 160 for a 4thbatting point. 35 extras helped their total, which in normal circumstances would have been competitive.
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