GREAT MELTON C (8 points) lost to NORTH ELMHAM A (15 points) by 46 runs at Town Close in the Norfolk League Division 4SW
It was defeat for Clive Rennie in his first game in charge of Great Melton’s C Team but he game really revolved around a 5th wicket partnership of 74 between North Elmham’s Olly Hall and Phillip Bend. It just took the game away from Melton after a very tight bowling display that saw the score stand at 66-3 at the 22-over drinks break. After drinks succession of boundaries from Hall and Bend accelerated Elmham’s innings to 140 and, although Melton clawed their way back into the game, a final total of 182 looked a bit too daunting for a side containing few recognised batsmen. So it would prove as, despite a solid start from Steve Phoenix & Jamie Dutton, an excellent 31 from Aimee Palmer and some stubborn resistance from 13-year-old Josh Wright and his dad, Chris, towards the end, Melton were all out for 136 in the 42nd over.
Melton were left to rue a few missed catches – 4 catches were put down off Chris Wright – including the dropping of Hall when he was in single figures. Wright’s final figures of 10-2-36-1 did not really do justice to his efforts but Melton’s younger bowlers, Palmer (10-2-36-1), Craig Wilson (8-2-23-3) and Matt Rennie (10-3-36-2) were particularly impressive and the skipper claimed two wickets himself in the late fight-back before Duncan Greenslade ensured a 5th batting point trapping Mark Ballman lbw with the final ball of the innings.
With Melton’s Chairman finding himself in the rare position opening the batting a more cautious approach than his usual was called for but, he and Jamie Dutton were up to the task putting together an opening stand of 54 in 11.4 overs before Phoenix mistimed a drive and was caught at mid-off for 30. The scoring rate then slowed as several batsmen came and went but, while Aimee Palmer was at the crease, Melton were always in with a shout. The 16-year-old batted sensibly and produced some impressive shots before eventually being adjudged lbw with the score on 97. The Wright father and son combination produced some late resistance to take Melton to a third batting point but the innings finished 46 runs short on 136. Joshua and Olly Hall bowled well for Elmham and picked up 5 wickets between them while the wily Ballman came on towards the end to claim 3-25.
Rennie will have been heartened by the spirit and application shown by his side, especially the young players, in a match played in a very good spirit and Sunderland’s victory over Chelsea meant at least he had something to celebrate!
North Elmham A
Justin Barker b Craig Wilson 2; Jack George c and b Aimee Palmer 9; Joshua Hall* b Matt Rennie 3; Olly Hall c Chris Wright b Matt Rennie 50; George Bridges b Chris Wright 13; Phillip Bend b Craig Wilson 46; Daniel Hall c Craig Wilson b Clive Rennie 10; Oliver Jaggard c Steve Phoenix b Craig Wilson 1; Mark Ballman lbw b Duncan Greenslade 12; Sophie Balls b Clive Rennie 0; Richard Futter+ not out 14; Extras (1nb 3w 2lb 16b) 22
Total 182 all out (45.0 overs) (Aimee Palmer 10-2-48-1;Craig Wilson 8-2-23-3; Matt Rennie 10-3-36-2; Chris Wright 10-2-36-1; Clive Rennie 4-1-14-2; Duncan Greenslade 3-0-7-1
Great Melton C
Steve Phoenix c Mark Ballman b Olly Hall 30; Jamie Dutton c Richard Futter b Joshua Hall 11; Aimee Palmer lbw b Phillip Bend 31; Craig Wilson b Joshua Hall 0; Duncan Greenslade b Joshua Hall 8; Matt Rennie c Olly Hall b Mark Ballman 6; Josh Wright not out 12; Clive Rennie b Mark Ballman 4; Kai Wilkinson-Loines b Mark Ballman 0; Chris Wright lbw b Oliver Jaggard 15; Rebecca Greenslade c Phillip Bend b Olly Hall 0; Extras (4nb 8w 0lb 7b) 19. Total 136 all out (41.1 overs) (George Bridges 5-0-24-0; Phillip Bend 10-2-35-1; Joshua Hall 9-3-19-3; Olly Hall 8.1-3-23-2; Mark Ballman 7-3-25-3; Oliver Jaggard 2-1-3-1)