GREAT MELTON C (8 points) lost to OLD CATTON A (23 points) by 33 runs at East Harling in the Norfolk League Division 4
Alex Tonnison took 3 wickets on his senior debut and Emily Reay created her own piece of Melton history as the first female to appear in a senior team but, despite a battling performance that included a half-century for Steve Clarke, Great Melton C lost to a strengthened Old Catton A. The match was played at East Harling although, the club found out on Friday that Town Close was, in fact, available, and a wicket had been prepared!
Melton were asked to field first and Zef Ishtiaq struck two early blows dismissing openers Fossey (0) and Saddler (21) in a fine opening spell of 6-1-22-2. Simon Carding, with 8 overs for 26, kept things tight at the other end before Duncan Greenslade (12-1-48-1) and Emily Reay (6-0-30-0) took over. Catton skipper Paul Prime was batting well and brought up his fifty but good bowling from a makeshift Melton attack never allowed the visitors to get away. 15-year-old Alex Tonnison, who had already taken a fine catch to dismiss Weeden (18) then replaced Reay and his first senior over proved to be a memorable one – a double-wicket maiden – including the prize scalp of Prime for 72. He went on to take 3-19 with the returning Ishtiaq also completing a 3-fer (11-1-52-3) as Catton eventually totalled 194-8.
With the game starting late at the request of the visitors and Catton’s innings lasting 3 hours followed by the splendid tea provided by Judy Free, Melton did not begin their reply until 5.40 p.m. A partnership of 67 between Steve Clarke and another debutant, Peter Graves, gave Melton a solid start but, with Catton first team without a game, the visitors’ attack was a little pacier than normal! Graves eventually departed for an impressive 33 but Clarke went on to record a fine half-century. With Clive Gristwood (6), Chris McKay (2) and Reay (0) falling cheaply, however, Melton dropped a little behind the required rate. With Clarke at the wicket Melton had an outside chance but, when he was run out for 57, a win for Melton looked unlikely. Steve Phoenix scored 21 and Duncan Greenslade 16 not out, in fading light, to help Melton to a 4th batting point but fine spells of bowling by Anderton (12-2-25-3) and 1st team skipper Turner (10-0-27-2) meant Melton finished 33 runs short. The time: 8.40 p.m.!
Nevertheless 8 points represents a good performance from Simon Carding’s side who gave a good account of themselves, with Graves, Tonnison and Reay all making impressive debuts. A big thank-you to East Harling C.C. for the use of the ground and a superb tea.
Old Catton A
R.Saddler c.Mawby b.Ishtiaq 22, J.Fossey c.Clarke b.Ishtiaq 0, P.Prime c.Clarke b.Tonnison 72, S.Weeden c.Tonnison b.Greenslade 18, R.Turner b.Tonnison 16, M.Wells c.Clarke b.Tonnison 0, A.Harris b.Istiaq 21, D.Anderton lbw Carding 14, G.Foreman Not Out 16, J.Billings Not Out 5, Extras 10. TOTAL (8 wickets) 194 (H.Ishtiaq 11-1-52-3, S.Carding 12-2-42-1, D.Greenslade 12-1-48-1, E.Reay 6-0-30-0, A.Tonnison 4-1-19-3)
Great Melton C
S.Clarke Run Out 57, P.Graves c.Saddler b.Turner 33, C.Gristwood lbw Anderton 6, C.McKay b.Anderton 2, E.Reay c.Harris b.Turner 0, S.Phoenix c.Billings b.Fossey 21, M.Mawby c.Turner b.Anderton 1, D.Greenslade Not Out 9, S.Carding Not Out 0, Extras 32. TOTAL (7 wickets) 161 (G.Foreman 10-0-40-0, J.Billings 5-0-28-0, A.Harris 4-0-23-0, D.Anderton 12-2-25-3, R.Turner 10-0-27-2, J.Fossey 4-1-3-1)