With the girls’ section the biggest success story at Great Melton this season it was inevitable that the fairer sex would soon be making their mark in the senior teams and, on Saturday, Emily Reay showed she was more than capable of holding her own in Norfolk League Division 4 with 3-22 and 19 not out as the C Team achieved their second successive victory to the musical accompaniment of the Lord Mayor’s Procession. Robbed of 6 of the team that beat Winterton, Simon Carding again had to prize David Bunn and Grenville Ireland out of retirement to make up the side while the loss of Steve Clarke to the B Team meant Steve Phoenix took the gloves for only the third time in his long career.
Winning the toss and fielding first looked a best option as the C’s strength is its bowling although Melton’s five elderly gents may have preferred the chance to sit in the shade and watch others bat! Against a 10-man Bystanders, however, the skipper’s decision proved a good one as the visitors were bowled out for 160 in 38 overs. Luke Marchant (5-0-24-0) and Carding (7-0-24-0) bowled good opening spells without success. Good fielding by Sam Carding ran out Singh for 9 and Zef Istiaq (7-1-21-1) bowled Wilkins (9) but O.Shariq was quick to dispatch any wayward bowling and quickly reached his 50 before Carding turned to Emily Reay’s off spin. It immediately paid dividends as she took a sharp return catch to dismiss Asker for 26 before Shariq top-edged and was caught behind by Phoenix for 64 leaving Bystanders on 120-4 off 29 overs. A good catch in the deep by Alex Rennie gave Reay her 3rd wicket while Ireland (12-3-42-1), having found the edge of the bat numerous times, finally got the wicket he deserved thanks to another good catch by Marchant. Ben Carding (2.4-0-10-2) bowled with pace and swing to dismiss the tail but Bystanders did enough to earn a 4th batting point.
David Bunn and Rennie began Melton’s reply in some style, both hitting some fine shots off the visitors opening bowlers, Huggins and Tissman. Bunn dealt mainly in boundaries, hitting 10 of them in a stylish 48 before being bowled by Huggins. By then, however, the opening partnership had yielded 91 runs with 14-year-old Rennie contributing an excellent 28 before becoming Huggins’ second victim. Jim Wimhurst continued his struggles with the bat with another duck, Ben Carding went for 8 and, although Phoenix’s 4 scoring shots were all boundaries, when he was adjudged lbw for 16, Sam Carding went the same way for 6 and Ireland was bowled round his legs for 0, the score was 136-7 and Melton were wobbling. With the visitors’ tails up and fielders clustered round the bat Emily Reay was joined by Simon Carding but any fears of a total collapse were soon allayed. The pair batted very sensibly to knock off the 25 runs needed, Reay ending the match with two successive fours through mid-wicket to leave her unbeaten on 19 and Carding unbeaten on 9. Huggins and Tissman both recorded identical bowling figures 2-51 from 12 overs while Shariq picked up 3-37.
It was another excellent win for the Cs who are beginning to adjust to life in the higher reaches off the Norfolk League and showing that, despite bearing the brunt of unavailability, they manage to be competitive in most matches.
D.Singh Run out 9, O.Shariq c.Phoenix b.Reay 64, L.Wilkins b.Ishtiaq 9, D.Asker c. & b.Reay 26, N.Nambiar lbw B.Carding 17, J.Dennis c.Rennie b.Reay 0, N.Hurn c.Marchant b.Ireland 4, M.Tissman c.Phoenix b.B.Carding 9, S.Huggins Run Out 1, N.Borade Not Out 2, Extras 18. TOTAL 160 (L.Marchant 5-0-24-0, S.Carding 7-1-24-0, H.Ishtiaq 7-1-21-1, G.Ireland 12-3-42-1, E.Reay 5-0-22-3, B.Carding 2.4-0-10-2)
Great Melton C
D.Bunn b.Huggins 48, A.Rennie b.Huggins 28, J.Wimhurst c. & b. Shariq 0, B.Carding c. Asker b.Shariq 8, S.Phoenix lbw Tissman 16, S.Carding lbw Shariq 6, G.Ireland b.Tissman 0, E.Reay Not Out Out 19, S.Carding Not Out 9, Extras 28. TOTAL (7 wickets) 162 (S.Huggins 12-1-51-2, M.Tissman 12-3-51-2, O.Shariq 10-0-37-3, N.Borade 2-0-11-0)