GREAT MELTON C (26 points) beat KETTERINGHAM HALL A (6 points) by 38 runs at Town Close in the Norfolk League Division 4S
Great Melton C made the most of winning the toss and batting first on a hot afternoon, scoring 200 plus for the first time this season – enough to gain revenge over local rivals Ketteringham Hall for defeat earlier in the season. Chairman, Steve Phoenix and fellow ‘veteran’ Steve Clarke, making his first appearance of the season, led the way with an opening stand of 121 which was ended when Phoenix gloved a catch to short fine leg for a well-made 62. Clarke was out soon afterwards, having just completed his half-century and, although Duncan Greenslade (1) missed out this time, Jonathan Ellse and young Ben Fletcher continued the momentum taking Melton to 222 before Fletcher was out for a good 34. Ellse remained unbeaten on 55 as Melton closed on an impressive 233-4.
Ketteringham Hall skipper, Ben Gibbins and Bystanders loanee, Andy Huggins opened for the visitors and got their reply off to a quick start with 30 off the first 5 overs. Phoenix shelled a one-handed diving chance at cover to reprieve Huggins but, minutes later, dived forward to hang onto a fierce drive from Gibbins off Coulson to dismiss his opposite number for 14. Coulson then dismissed Miguel Rios (0), caught behind by Clarke, and Jonathan Webb (bowled for 6), Duncan Greenslade had Huggins caught at deep mid-on by Ellse for 19 and Rachael Hustler bowled Dan Talbot (1) to leave the visitors struggling at 60-5.
That left brothers Adam and Alex Pocklington at the crease together. While Alex was more circumspect, Adam was the exact opposite, chancing his arm, hitting across the line but showing a ‘good eye’ and enormous power, he proceeded to smash Melton’s bowlers mainly to long-on but, occasionally to other parts of the ground. He scored 75 in just 9 overs and his onslaught took the score to 137, giving his side an outside chance of pulling off a victory against the odds so, it was with some relief, that he was eventually clean-bowled by Clive Rennie.
After a lively spell from Ben Fletcher, Phoenix came on to remove Alex Pocklington, caught by Duncan Greenslade for a patient 21 but it was left to Alice Greenslade to finish things off, although the match ended in unfortunate circumstances. Having seen his partner, Shiva Arya, bowled by Alice, James Palmer’s attempt to pull a low full toss saw him edge the ball into his face leaving him with a bad cut above his eye. James headed for A & E leaving Melton the victors by 38 runs.
Coulson finished with 3-37 from 7 overs, Rennie 2-35 from 10 and the other wickets were shared between Duncan Greenslade (1-26), Hustler (1-32), Phoenix (1-17) and Alice Greenslade (1.3-0-2-1)
All in all it was a good game of cricket played in friendly spirit and Melton’s first ‘maximum points’ victory of the season.
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