Great Melton C (26 points) beat Lowestoft C (6 points) by 118 runs at Normanston Park in the Lucas & Fettes Norfolk League Division 6
A superb maiden century by Simon Wooldridge was the highlight of an impressive performance from Melton C who maintained their promotion credentials with a 118-run victory over struggling Lowestoft C. A much-changed C team saw recalls for Daniel Haywards, Graeme Button and Joe Bickel, a first game of the season for Duncan Greenslade and a debut from Norfolk Under 12s wicketkeeper, Joe Greenslade. Having lost the toss, skipper Mally Howard was a little concerned that the revamped batting line-up might struggle to compile a competitive total but he need not have worried. Although Howard was adjudged lbw early on for 5, young Greenslade showed maturity beyond his years in compiling a patient 19 and, with Wooldridge looking well in control, the pair added 54 for the second wicket to take the score to 73-2. Joe Bickel (13) and Graeme Button (17) helped maintain the momentum and at 145-4 with 12 overs left, Melton were poised to post a big total. Steve Phoenix joined Wooldridge who soon brought up his first ever fifty and, in the final 10 overs, the pair really attacked the bowling. Both were quick to punish the bad ball and, with Wooldridge now full of confidence, Phoenix farmed the strike as his partner neared his century. The final over came with Wooldridge on 96. Three balls later he had reached 3 figures and celebrated with a huge straight six off Hebditch. He was finally run out off the last ball having hit 10 fours and 2 sixes in his 109. Phoenix remained unbeaten on 26, the pair having added 99 in 12 overs to leave Melton on 244-5, a total that included 57 extras.
Jake Mardell (9-2-29-2) struck early in the Lowestoft innings bowling Lee for 1 and, when he produced a superb swinging delivery to remove Norfolk U17 player Harvey Hebditch for 16, Melton looked well in control. Kyle Mason removed C.Hebditch (1), A.McAvoy (4) and G.Gooderham (6) in a spell of 10-0-48-3 but P.Tirimanna (46), P.Spring (19) and M.Hawes (17 not out) halted Melton’s progress with some spirited resistance. Daniel Hayward eventually accounted for Tirimanna, caught and bowled, then had Spring caught in the covers in a good spell of 5-2-7-2 leaving Leo DeSalis (7-0-23-2) and Joe Bickel (6.2-1-18-1) to wrap up victory in the 39th over, the Lowestoft innings closing on 126. Wooldridge’s century – plus an one-handed juggling catch at point – deservedly made him ‘top banana’ but there was an excellent performance by young Joey Greenslade who kept wicket very well following his confident showing as an opening batsmen – there is much more to come from this young man!
Great Melton C
M.Howard lbw Spring 5, J.Greenslade c.Spring b.Tirimanna 19, S.Wooldridge Run Out 107, J.Bickel b.Tirimanna 13, G.Button c.Spring B.H.Hebditch 17, S.Phoenix Not Out 26, Extras 57. TOTAL (5 wickets) 244 (M.Hawes 7-1-31-0, P.Spring 8-1-26-1, R.Stanborough 5-0-22-0, P.Tirimanna 11-0-36-2, G.Gooderham 5-0-38-0, H.Hebditch 7-1-55-1, C.Nixon 2-0-15-0)
J.Lee b.Mardell 1, P.Tirimanna c. &. b. Hayward 46, H.Hebditch b.Mardell 16, C.Hebditch b.Mason 1, A.McAvoy c.Hayward b.Mason 4, G.Gooderham b.Mason 6, C.Nixon c.Wooldridge b.DeSalis 0, P.Spring c.Phoenix b.Hayward 19, M.Hawes Not Out 17, R.Stanborough Run Out 2, A.Hawes c.Mason b.Bickel 2, Extras 12. TOTAL 126 (K.Mason 10-0-48-3, J.Mardell 9-2-29-2, D.Hayward 5-1-7-2, L.DeSalis 7-0-23-2, J.Bickel 6.2-1-18-1)