GREAT MELTON C (4 points) lost to COLNEY (23 points) by 6 wickets at Eaton CNS in the Norfolk League Division 4SW
Despite an excellent bowling display Melton C came up short against the experienced Colney who won by 6 wickets but, after a difficult week which saw Clive Rennie stand down as captain, there were some positive signs, notably in the return of youngsters Rob Smith, Luke Richards and Aimee Palmer. The three were playing their first cricket of the season, and in Rob’s case, the first for 2 seasons but it didn’t show as they bowled superbly to make Colney wait until the 39th over before reaching the modest victory target of 101.
Unfortunately Melton’s batting wasn’t quite up to scratch although Chairman, Steve Phoenix, taking over the skipper’s reins, battled for 24 overs for his 48. Smith weighed in with 19 but no-one else managed double figures as the slow bowling of Robin Wintle (9.1-3-16-4) and James France (5-1-11-3) reaped major dividends. Simon Carding (7-1-21-1) weighed in with the key wicket of Phoenix as Melton were bowled out for exactly 100.
Colney found batting no easier on a wicket where the ball frequently kept low but Nick Butcher got his head down and whittled away, batting through for a scratchy 21. Rachael Hustler (5-0-20-0) bowled a good opening spell but it was Richards (8-3-10-1), Palmer (8-3-15-1) and Smith (7-5-10-1) who kept Melton very much in the game. Steve Phoenix (6-2-18-1) and Chris Brook (4-0-14-0) also kept things fairly tight but Melton never had enough runs and when Nathan Good appeared to blast a quick unbeaten 32 the game was over.
With wicketkeeper Rebecca Greenslade taking Melton’s female contingent to three, Phoenix, Brook, Palmer, Smith, Richards and Mike Wormstone making their first Norfolk League appearances of the season and Aimee’s dad, Ashley Palmer, his first appearance ever, it was a really good effort and an enjoyable afternoon.
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Steve Phoenix (Photo’s by Chris Elliott)