Great Melton C (26pts) 155 a/o beat Hethersett & Tas Valley C (7pts) 94 a/o by 61 runs at Flordon in the Ashburnham Solicitors Norfolk League Division Four South.
There are moments in all cricketing careers when history is made. A debut, a first boundary, a first catch, a first wicket, a first tea time scone, a first handshake from Jason Roope. All memories to savour.
For both Caitlin Ellis and Duncan Greenslade, this game will rightly live long in the memory banks. It will also be one that the other players involved will never want to forget.
At 13 for 2, Melton were once again reeling and in need of a stabilising influence. Steve Phoenix (39) was the sticking plaster as they progressed to 82 for 3, and then Duncan (67) took over with his maiden 50 in any form of the game, which included 8 boundaries and one maximum, to guide the visitors to 152-6 and a state of recovery, before a late order collapse saw the final 4 wickets fall for just 3 runs.
Issac Birch (3-11), Chris Westbury (3-29) and Tom Peacock (2-33) all bowled well for Hethersett.
On a wearing dusty pitch, displaying distinct signs of keeping low, this looked a competitive total though perhaps 30 shy of a target score.
Ten tight overs from veteran seamer Leo de Salis (2-18), removing John Brandon-Street (10) and Mark Worley (16), in which the ball hooped prodigiously, and six equally miserly overs from Clive Rennie (0-10), put Hethersett behind the rate and in need of something special to save the day.
The something special though was provided by Great Melton teenager Caitlin.
In a sensational six over blitz she tore the heart out of the host’s batting line up bagging 7 wickets for just 15 runs.
With Steve Phoenix and Duncan Greenslade providing the very safe hands (or, in Duncan’s case, legs!) Hethersett’s middle order provided the chances which were gratefully snapped up. Two were genuine snicks to first slip with the ball continuing to swing and three others were shots to balls which again swung late and took a leading edge to cover. The last two were from deliveries which had the batsmen playing for swing when none was forth-coming with a LBW and clean bowled to complete the devastation. Hugs and high fives were the order of the day for career best figures and potentially Club best figures for the summer.
Sam Johnson clean bowled Issac Birch to leave the impressive Sam Woodruff (33*) high and dry for the home side and complete a good victory for Great Melton C who have now won 3 on the bounce.
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