Having won the toss Simon Carding invited the opposition to bat on a green and damp wicket which with overcast skies looked ideal for his seam bowling attack. However the Garboldisham opening pair had other ideas and got off to a flying start with their skipper Stuart Taylor looking in very good form and punishing any balls over pitched. Playing on the small square with short boundaries the majority of runs came in boundaries and the omens for GMCC looked as ominous as the grey skies overhead. Having passed one hundred runs by the 21st over Melton were finally able to regain some control with both openers falling in quick succession thanks to two fine catches by Duncan “buckets” Greenslade off the bowling of the Grenville “The Silver Fox” Ireland and James Robb. More tight bowling from the Silver Fox and the younger elements of the bowling attack pegged Garboldisham further back with wickets coming at regular intervals. With the score at 136 for 6 in the 30th over it looked promising for GMCC. However J. Peart playing his first game for over a year after recovering from injury tipped the game in the opposition’s favour with some big hitting, being particularly severe on GMCC debutant R. Ishtiaq, and on Sam “The Aussie” Stuart having his first bowl after injuring his shoulder playing for the B team. The last three overs took almost 20 minutes to bowl with most of that time spent hunting for balls hit by Pearl into adjacent corn fields. R. Ishtiaq did however claim his first wicket for GMCC with the help of an excellent catch in the deep by James Robb. The pick of the bowlers were James Robb (3-25) and Grenners (3-36) with the latter giving an excellent demonstration of fielding on the boundary proving that there are many more years of cricket left in him yet! Excellent bowling support was also provided by Emily Reay, Ryan Howard, Luke Marchant and the skipper.
S. Taylor ct Greenslade b Robb 45; J. Fidler ct Greenslade b Ireland 53; J. Stevenson ct Stuart b Robb 12; L. Holland stumped b Ireland 3; B. Goodman b Ireland 15; T. Lee LBW Robb 0; J. Peart 61 (no); J. Halliwell ct Robb b Ishtiaq 16; J. Paul run out 0; P. Carr 15 (no), J. Gilbee DNB. Total 256-8.
R. Howard 4-0-21-0, SR Carding 7-0-26-0, L. Marchant 6-0-36-0, G. Ireland 10-1-36-3, J. Robb 6-1-25-3, R. Ishtiaq 2-0-35-1, S. Stuart 5-0-42-0.
Having had a fine tea GMCC set out to chase down 256 with the opening pair of S. Clarke and C. Stearman finding the Garboldisham bowling attack of J. Paul, P. Carr and particularly J. Gilbee very difficult to hit and score runs off. Having put on 56 runs Conner finally perished slashing at a high ball and edging to the keeper. Steve soon followed and the more junior elements of the team took their turn at increasing the run rate. With the skies getting even more grey and the light fading the opposition resorted to their slower bowlers to ensure the game could be completed. Runs became easier to accumulate with Sam “The Aussie” Stuart having a brief but entertaining innings hitting two mammoth sixes, one of which came off the bowling of S. Talyor for which he promptly apologised – very unlike an Aussie! Sam along with Luke and Duncan perished attempting big hits with some excellent catches being taken. With the overs and the light rapidly fading away the skipper set a target of 160 to achieve an additional batting point. Some excellent hitting from James Robb who batted through the innings and support provided by Ryan and Emily ensured the target was met and surpassed in the last two overs with the innings finishing on 167-6.
Overall the GMCC C team put on an excellent display in what was a competitive match against strong opposition. Yet again the junior members of the team performed very well with James Robb being the player of the game for his three wickets, 35 runs not out and taking an excellent catch – he was later fined for show boating after taking the catch!
S. Clarke ct Holland, b Talyor 19; C. Stearman ct Lee b Halliwell 13; L. Marchant ct Pearl b Fidler 14, S. Stuart ct Halliwell b Taylor 13, J. Robb 35 (no), D. Greenslade ct Holland b Taylo 4, R. Howard b Taylor 4, E. Reay 8 (no). G. Ireland, DNB, SR Crading BND, R. Ishtiaq DNB