GREAT MELTON C (25pts) beat OLD BUCKENHAM B (6pts) by 56 runs at Town Close in the Norfolk League Division 4
Grenville Ireland, batting like it was the 1980’s, helped lay the foundations for the C Team’s impressive 70 run victory over Old Buckenham at Town Close, their 7th victory of the summer. Ably supported by fellow opener Tim Hales, and a mature knock from Navin Sharma, Grenville’s innings belied his ‘retired’ status, and demonstrated the value to a recognised opening batsman at the top order, even at this level. Calmness personified, he smoothly moved through the gears –double de-clutching as he went – to bring up his fifty with a lofted on drive over long on for 6. Tim, desperate to compile a Saturday innings, was circumspect throughout his long vigil, seeing off the opening bowlers before being beaten by Will Stammers off spin.
The youngster, chewing gum and walking with a low waist band, spun a tidy web of mystery to out fox all of Melton’s top order: the Silver Fox losing his bails to one he judged to be going over; Ben Carding (7) defending to short mid wicket; Emily Reay (14) – after two delightful lofted cover drives – played over the top of a slower one; Nav Sharma (39) slashing hard in a last over effort for quick runs having masterfully guided the middle order past 160 with exquisite timing and positive running; Sam Carding (9) perished the same way to leave his Dad facing the hat-trick ball.
A light drizzle fell during tea, but did nothing to dampen Melton’s ardour and resolve or the pitch. Nav extracted bounce, and a little seam movement, to remove Richie Davis (1) and Ian Pape (0) in his first 2 overs to leave Old Buck’s reply reeling at 3-2. Young dasher C Marshall, cutting anything short or wide, raced to 33 before mis-timing off de Salis to provide Fergus Hughes with a difficult catch which was expertly pouched at short mid on.
Senior county stalwart John Lund tried manfully to build the innings, and at 80-3, Old Buck’s looked well set to mount a serious challenge. Nav’s quick pick up and throw from mid wicket caught Lund (28) short, and two balls later M Huhunscheider became the first of Simon Carding’s 4 scalps, all bowled middle stump.
Ben picked up 2 wickets, one well caught by brother Sam as the Carding Show got into full swing, and the last 5 wickets fell for just 26 as Buckenham were dismissed for 122. All in all a thoroughly professional display which augers well for next season.
Great Melton C
T Hales b W Stammers 33; G Ireland b W Stammers 53; B Carding c Lund b W Stammers 7; N Sharma c Fitt b W Stammers 39; E Reay b W Stammers 14; Sa Carding C Gibbon b W Stammers 9; Si Carding 2*; C Gristwood 0*. Extras 21 TOTAL (6 wickets) 178 (P Fitt 12 – 4 – 24 – 0; O Stammers 6 – 0 – 11 – 0; M Gibbons 6 – 0 – 25 – 0; W Stammers 11 – 3 – 51- 6; M Huhunscheider 3 – 0 – 22 – 0; J Lund 7 – 0 – 31 – 0).
Old Buckenham B
R Davis ct D Greenslade b Sharma 1; I Pape ct Si Carding b Sharma 0; C Marshall ct F Hughes b de Salis 33; J Lund run out (Sharma) 28; B Pape b Si Carding 13; M Huhunscheider b Si Carding 0; M Gibbon b B Carding 26; W Stammers ct Sa Carding b B Carding 1; J Perry b Si Carding 4; P Fitt b Si Carding 0; O Stammers 1* extras 18. TOTAL 122 (N Sharma 6 – 0 – 28- 0; L de Salis 12 – 1 – 39 – 1; Si Carding 11 – 2 – 22 – 4; Sa Carding 1 – 0 – 14 – 0; B Carding 3.3 – 0 – 20 – 2.)