GREAT MELTON C (26 points) beat BUNGAY A (7 points) by 42 runs at Town Close in the Norfolk League Division 4SE

Great Melton C ended the season on a high note with their fourth successive victory, this time against already promoted Bungay A. It was built on a very solid batting performance th

at included a maiden fifty from Kevin Ellis and some persistent bowling that eventually ended Bungay’s resistance and saw Lohit Kannan take 4-47.

With skipper Steve Phoenix losing the toss for the fourth time in five matches since taking over from Clive Rennie, Melton were invited to bat and soon lost Michael Wormstone for 6 but Phoenix and James Bridges steadied the ship, putting on 83 for the 2nd wicket before the Chairman got an inside edge onto his stumps for 33.  Young Bridges, however, was in excellent form, hitting some powerful drives in his 43 to take Melton past 100.  Three wickets in quick succession left Melton on 118-5 but another combination of youth and experience, Lohit and Kevin Ellis, put together the second major partnership of the innings.  Lohit was circumspect while Kevin was brutal as the pair added another 83 runs with Kevin celebrating his fifty before being bowled by a full toss for a 60 that included 9 fours and 3 sixes.  Daniel Hayward (21 not out) and Lohit (19 not out) then played with freedom to add a further 33 runs to take Melton to an impressive 234-6.  There were two wickets apiece for Luke Pawsey (2-36) and Reece Ling (2-31) but Jak Clarke (10-2-32-1) and Ray Joselyn (7-1-22-1) were Bungay’s best bowlers.

Clark and Bedingfield started well against Melton’s all-girl attack of Rachael Hustler and Caitlin Ellis but, when the score had reached 31, Hustler (6-0-26-1) found the breakthrough as Clark was well caught by Hayward for 26.  Bridges, bowling with pace and precision, then removed Bedingfield (8), clean bowled, and Pawsey (0), well caught low down by wicket-keeper Kai Wilkinson-Loines but, after 4 overs for just 9 runs, a knee injury forced him out of the attack.  With Lohit removing Tony Chang for 15 – victim of another very good catch this time by Caitlin Ellis – it brought together Joselyn and skipper Richard Davies.  Davies enjoyed a few ‘lives’ as he struggled early on with Phoenix trying several bowlers, including himself, but the Bungay captain went on to bludgeon 41 and Joselyn reached his half century as the score raced to 175-5.  Lohit kept plugging away from the pavilion end, though, and was eventually rewarded for his persistence removing both danger men, trapping Joselyn lbw for 55 then having Davies caught by Hayward.  The same combination accounted for Ling to give Lohit his fourth wicket and impressive figures of 10-0-47-4 and, with Kevin Ellis (3.2-1-24-2) mopping up the tail, Melton won by 42 runs.

The Cs end-of-season run of victories – five really as Hales and Loddon conceded – has meant a comfortable mid-table finish and the fact that Melton have fielded four teams every week when some clubs have struggled to field two is success enough.  Much of the credit for this goes to manager Duncan Greenslade who has managed to find 11 players from somewhere every week.  It’s something of a thankless task but Duncan performs it with calmness and good humour – and he’s had a pretty good season himself with the bat.  Thanks Duncan.

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Steve Phoenix

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