Great Melton C team’s first ‘home’ league match at Melton Park ended in their best win to date, and sees them head the Division 4 table.
Melton Park was resplendent, as always in the sun, as the C’s played host to Great Yarmouth A’s, hoping to finish their first game, having only managed half a match in a disrupted May.
The home sides opening bowlers – Marchant and Robb – bowled some lovely tight lines, posing many questions, most of which remained unanswered. Yarmouth soon lost Nicholls to a smart low catch at slip by D. Greenslade off Robb, to give him his first senior wicket for the club. Duncan repeated the act off Sam Carding to remove Cory (13), before Sam himself snaffled Barber (10) off Stearman to leave the visitors reeling on 31 for 3 off 17 overs.
M. Evans was hanging around though, soon deciding that something had better change. Finding support from the enthusiastic Verma (38), Evans (54) was able to pass his own half century before being trapped in front by Ducker. George then caught Powles (14) from a mistimed pull off his own bowling to seal a lively spell. Rennie came on and spun a web of mystery to pick up 2 wickets at the death, but Yarmouth’s innings had gained sufficient momentum to post a challenging and very competitive 185.
S. Clarke and A. Rennie survived a few peaches at the start of Melton’s reply, but both succumbed within 5 minutes of each other as the innings was nearly strangled at the outset. Batting at No.3, Ducker knew there was enough time to fashion a positive repost.
Ben Carding (12), Jamie Robb (18), Luke Marchant (9) and Simon Carding (15) all stuck around long enough with George to put pressure on the bowlers to provide Melton with a very handy 43 extras.
Even though he was seemingly stranded on 49 for a few overs, and inwardly shaking like a leaf, Ged was never seriously threatened on his way to a well crafted and obdurate 67 not out.
Sam Carding displayed no mercy as Yarmouth’s defence crumbled, and proved that the chase had not been thrown away when his dad perished with the score on 170, providing a non-stop frenetic finish to see Melton over the line, and allow Simon Carding’s mainly young side to experience the sweet smell of success, with a couple of overs to spare.
Chasing down such a total augers well for the future and these players should be encouraged to blossom.
Great Yarmouth A
K Nicholls ct D Greenslade b Robb 1; A Cory ct D Greenslade b Sam Carding 13; M Barber ct Sam Carding b Stearman 10; M Evans lbw Ducker 54; S Powles c/b Ducker 14; A Verma st Clarke b Rennie 38; P Kitchen r/o 16; M Manning n/o 7*; M Harlte b Robb 0; R Raoul b Rennie 1; Lokesh n/o 0*. Extras 31. TOTAL (9 wickets) 185 (L Marchant: 7-1-17-0; J Robb 10-2-31-2; B Carding 2-0-9-0; Sam Carding 6-1-21-1; C Stearman 5-1-25-1; G Ducker 8-1-32-2; A Rennie 4-0-11-2; Si Carding 4-0-28-0).
Great Melton C
S Clarke ct 1; A Rennie b 1; G Ducker n/o 67*; C Stearman ct 6; B Carding ct 12; J Robb ct 18; S Phoenix b 4; L Marchant ct 9; Si Carding b 15; Sam Carding n/o 10*. Extras 43 TOTAL (8 wickets) 186 (Lokesh 9-1-43-2; Raoul 7-1-26-1; A Verma 8.4-2-44-2; P Kitchen 12-3-29-3; A Cory 6-1-24-0)