GREAT MELTON (22 points) beat GARBOLDISHAM (4 points) by 6 wickets at Melton Park in the Norfolk Alliance Division 1

A combination of fast accurate bowling from the home debutant, and a blistering onslaught from Melton’s chief destroyer, lead Great Melton to their first Alliance Division One victory at a sun drenched Melton Park, against last season’s Div 2 Champions, Garboldisham.

The most recent new recruit Joe Heather took just four balls to notch his first victim at Melton Park, Wood taking the catch behind.  With Benn Mann proving wayward at the other end, Melton struggled to stem the initial flood of runs, with the visitors rushing to 30 off 3 overs before Chris Greenslade caught Cash for 22.

Norby launched Mann for a maximum first ball of his 3rd over as the afternoon took on the feel of a T20 match.  Ben going for 47 off his 5 overs.  Greenslade took over and produced a more measured display, taking 3-15 off his 7 overs whilst stand in skipper Olly Harris brought some calm to the proceedings with 5 accurate overs.  Garboldisham continued to play their shots, trying to hit Rob Sims out of the attack, but the wily spinner added 3 to his growing tally of victims, including G Gooderham, who had looked set to past 50 before holing out to Heather off Sims.  C Olpin with 22, and 21 extras helped Garboldisham to a below par 163.  Jo finished with 3-21 off his 10 overs, and looks to be a positive addition to the squad, both on and off the pitch.

Returning to the tried and tested opening partnership of Greenslade and Whiddett (the 3rddifferent pairing at the top of the order this year already), Melton hoped to make positive in roads to the chase, but young Chris was caught by ex Melton youth player Benjamin Mann in the 2nd over.  Jason soon followed him back to the pavilion trapped by Shepherd.  Dave ‘Grizzly’ Adams and Rich Wood put on 71 for the 3rd wicket, with Adams falling 5 short of another half century in his fledgling Melton career.

It was left to Martyn Cook to see Melton over the line in comfortable fashion.  Starting in a circumspect fashion, watchful and patient, Chefy notched 7 singles from his first 10 scoring shots, before he smashed his second half century of the season thus far.  22 runs came in a blistering attack on Phoenix, an over which included 5 no balls, just at a time when the run rate was at 6 an over.  Rich Wood was his customary assured self at the other end, cracking 6 lovely boundaries in an unbeaten 35 to provide the perfect foil to Martyn’s slashing strikes as Melton’s master blaster helped the hosts to cross the line with 5.4 overs to spare.

Garboldisham CC – H Phoenix: ct Wood b Heather 0; O Jackson ct Wood b Heather 14; D Cash ct Greenslade b Mann 22; J Norby b Heather 11; B Mann lbw Greenslade 5; M Allin ct Cook b Greenslade 5; J Shepherd ct Wood b Greenslade 6; C Olpin ct Cook b Sims 22; GGooderham ct Heather b Sims 45; L Rackham not out 2; R Fuller ct Greenslade b Sims 10; extras 21 (17 wides / 1 no ball / 2 byes/ 1 leg bye) TOTAL 163

GMCC Bowling – J Heather 10 – 5 – 21 – 3;  B Mann 5 – 0 – 47 – 1; C Greenslade 7 – 1 – 15 – 3; O Harris 5 – 1 – 12 – 0; R Sims 7.4 – 1 – 41 – 3; M Farmer 5 – 0 – 21 – 0.

GMCC  C Greenslade ct B Mann b R Fuller 2; J Whiddett lbw Shepherd 6; D Adams ct  b Rackham 45; R Wood not out 35; B Mann lbw Rackham 0; M Cook not out 53; extras 23 (11wides / 7 no balls / 2 byes / 3 leg byes) TOTAL (4 wickets) 164

GCC Bowling – J Shepherd 5 – 0 – 22 – 1; R Fuller 10 – 0 – 30 – 1; C Olpin 1- 0 – 7 – 0; GGooderham 7 – 0 – 30 – 0;  L Rackham 7.2 – 0 – 29 – 2;  H Phoenix 5 – 0 – 41 – 0,

 

 

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