GREAT MELTON C lost to COLNEY by 1 wicket at Town Close in the Norfolk League Division Four South
A composed fifty on his return to action after knee trouble by Jonathan Ellse helped Great Melton C team to post 110 on a day of warm, attritional cricket at the splendid Town Close Sports Field.
Asked to bat first on a green tinged strip, Melton were thankful for a 65 run partnership between Ellse (50) and Duncan Greenslade (21) as they sought to post a competitive total. Harry Ryan (13) was the only other home batsman to reach double figures, as Mike Peck (1/11 off 10), Robin Wintel (3/12 off 10), Simon Carding (1/16 off 10) and Tim Stock (3/29 off 10) all bowled with accuracy to restrict the hosts.
That Melton were able to keep all three results in the offing until the 41stover of the reply was down to two incredible bowling spells at the start of the visitor’s innings.
Restricted to a 5 pace run up, Leo de Salis still managed to conjure up his late swing, missing the edge countless times as he sought make inroads. His 10 overs cost just 8 runs, with Ellse taking a simple catch at mid off to add to his record tally. At the Pavilion End, Clive Rennie was even more Scroogelike, conceding a mere 7 runs off his 10 over spell, even producing turn to bamboozle the batsmen. Their stranglehold induced 2 run outs, one executed by each bowler, to leave Colney 17/3 off 20.
That soon became 19/4 as Steve Phoenix (2/21 off 6) cleaned up James France to leave opener Nick Butcher (39) frustrated and concerned.
Duncan Greenslade (2/19) and Jonathan Ellse (2/14) chipped away at the visitor’s line up but Tim Stock (22) and Graham Mills (16*) managed to despatch enough lusty blows to the boundary to keep the board ticking. Colney managed only 10 boundaries off their 40 overs, a sign of the tight bowling and good fielding, especially by Alice Greenslade. Clive Melhuish (0/34 off 6) offered hope for future games on his debut.
The winning run was disappointingly a leg side wide, but this was a fantastic game played in great spirit and yet another case of what might have been.
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