GREAT MELTON C (23 points) beat BLUNDESTON & SOMERLEYTON A (5 points) by 5 wickets at Somerleyton Recreation Ground in the Norfolk League Division 4SE
Father and daughter, Kevin & Caitlin Ellis stole the show as Great Melton C – containing five female players (the most to have appeared in any senior non-ladies team) just beat the rain to record a good five-wicket victory over Blundeston.
Caitlin, who opened the bowling recorded remarkable figures of 9-5-8-4 as the home side were restricted to 137-8 having been invited to bat first by Melton skipper Steve Phoenix. Bowling with consistency and movement, Ellis junior claimed one early wicket in her first spell, having Ramsdale caught by dad, Kevin, at slip, before returning to clean bowl top-scorer Daniel Jesudason for 65. Two other wickets, one again caught by Kevin Ellis and the other caught and bowled, completed a excellent day for the 14-year-old. “Girl power” was very much in evidence with Rachael Hustler bowling a 10-over spell and taking 1-16, while Becky Greenslade kept wicket and Cassie Mawby and Alice Greenslade fielded well, Cassie taking a good catch. Grace Cruse, a sixth girl playing in the match played a part in Blundeston’s most productive partnership of the innings, adding 75 for the 3rd wicket with Jesudason.
Clive Rennie took 2-26 from his 10 overs but there was no keeping the Ellises out of the action with Kevin picking up 1-13.
After an excellent tea, Michael Wormstone and Phoenix opened the Melton innings and, with pace off the ball and an unpredictable wicket, neither batsmen found things easy. They had added 46 before Wormstone edged behind for 18 and Phoenix soon followed for 19, top-edging a pull to be caught at mid-wicket. Becky Greenslade & Cassie Mawby were both bowled by Virinchi Velchuru (3-29) but, with rain starting to fall, Duncan Greenslade was joined by Kevin Ellis. With Greenslade playing sensibly and solidly and Ellis quick to despatch anything loose to the boundary, the scoreboard kept moving and, with the hosts happy to play on in the steady drizzle, Melton neared their target.
Unfortunately Ellis was dismissed one short of a deserved half-century to leave Harry Ryan to score the two runs needed for victory leaving Greenslade unbeaten on 18.
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