GREAT MELTON C (25 points) beat WINTERTON A (3 points) by 106 runs at Town Close in the Norfolk League Division 3
Having been promoted 4 times in 4 years, Great Melton C rose to the challenge of Norfolk League Division 3 cricket with a commanding 106-run victory over Winterton A. Alex ‘Chalky’ Rennie followed up his exploits for the U15s earlier in the week with another star performance, scoring 44 not out and taking 4-20 but really it was a good all-round display by Simon Carding’s team, a mixture of talented youngsters and experienced clubmen.
Having won the toss Winterton elected to field first with the wicket looking green and slightly soft. Connor Stearman and Tony Alborough opened the innings and found batting a little difficult, proceeding cautiously at first but still being prepared to punish any wayward bowling. The score ticked to 55 off 18 overs before Stearman chipped a catch to mid-on for a good 31. He was immediately followed by Steve Clarke for a duck but Rennie and Alborough took the score to 64 before the latter was trapped lbw to a ball that kept low for a solid 34. Liam Hughes gave the innings the impetus it needed with some fine shots in his 27 and, with Rennie playing very sensibly and James Robb contributing a huge six in a quick 19 not out, Melton reached 171-4 after 45 overs. In tricky batting conditions it looked a challenging total. Winterton skipper T.Witchelow was the best of the visitors bowlers with figures of 12-6-17-1 but Bryn Clarke also bowled well taking 2-14 from 8 steady overs.
Stuart Wilson, now available on Saturdays again after missing last season, opened the bowling with Simon Carding and, after a few loose early balls, soon settled to a good line and length, giving the batsmen little to hit. His opening 8-over spell gave him figures of 1-14 and, with the Melton skipper keeping things very tight at the other end, Winterton had crawled to 23-2 off 16 overs with Laws (2) and Bryn Clarke (5) both back in the pavilion. Rennie then came on with his left-arm spin and he and Carding strangled the visitors reply. Geoff Roper (16) threatened for a time but, when Rennie had him well caught by Stearman, any slim chance of a Winterton revival was snuffed out. Carding’s spell ended with impressive figures of 12-6-10-2 while Rennie (8-2-20-4) bagged 4 wickets. There were 2 for James Robb (3-1-6-2) and a first senior wicket for Fergus Hughes (1.2-0-6-1) as the visitors crumbled to 65 all out in 33-2 overs.
Great Melton C
A.Alborough lbw Clarke 34, C.Stearman c. Glazebrook b. Witchelow 31, S.Clarke c. b.Clarke 0, A.Rennie Not Out 44, L.Hughes c. b. Reeve 27, J.Robb Not Out 19, Extras 16. TOTAL (4 wickets) 171 (M.Stanhope-Smith 8-2-32-0, T.Witchelow 12-6-17-1, A.Glazebrook 6-0-36-0, M.Holdsworth 9-0-54-0, B.Clarke 8-2-14-2, J.Reeve 2-0-15-1)
B.Clarke c.Robb b.Wilson 5, K.Laws b.Carding 2, M.Stanhope-Smith lbw Rennie 10, A.Glazebrook b.Carding 1, G.Roper c.Steraman b.Rennie 16, A.Maxwell c.Alborough b.Robb 1, N.Crawley c.Phoenix b.Robb 1, T.Witchelow lbw Rennie 0, E.Young c.Stearman b.Hughes 8, M.Holdsworth lbw Rennie 0, J.Reeve Not Out 6, Extras 15. TOTAL 65 (S.Wilson 7-2-14-1, Simon Carding 12-6-10-2, A.Rennie 8-2-20-4, J.Robb 3-1-6-2, M.Mawbt 2-0-9-0, F.Hughes 1.2-0-6-1)