Beeston A 104 a/o (3pts) lost to Great Melton C 105 / 2(25pts)by 8 wickets at Beeston in the Norfolk League Division 4SW
Following on from an impressive first appearance in an adult Melton side against in a friendly against Crusaders, James Bridges displayed all the bowling skills needed to cement a place in the senior club set up for many years to come in his league debut.
Invited to make first use of a ‘hairy’ wicket, Beeston skipper Brian Parke was an early victim of Dale Weston’s extra bounce, as Melton stalwart de Salis leapt slug like to pouch at first slip. A 46 run partnership ensued between George Wilkinson (32) and Nick Green (9) had the visitors concerned, despite some very good bowling from both Matt Rennie and DaleWeston, before Green fell to full length stretch from de Salis, grabbing at the 3rd attempt. Chris Elliott rolled back the years with a variation of deliveries to clean out Wilkinson. The young protégé then took his bow. Bowling with pace, aggression and a little swing, James removed Beeston’s middle order, and effectively won the match for Melton. Mike Symonds (6) made the mistake of trying to hit over Dale Weston; Glen Wilkinson (20) drove straight at the reliable hands of Alex Pattison; Peter Bridges – no relation – and Tom Codman both failed to register, and play down Bakerloo, as the hosts began to resemble a straw house.
6 wickets fell for 14 runs as Clive Rennie, joined in the carnage – aided by another very assured low catch by Pattison, and son Matt returned to castle Tim Vogel (9).
Behind the stumps, Kai Wilkinson-Loines performed extremely well in the face of variable bounce and movement off the pitch.
Jamie Dutton (4) fell to an in-swinging yorker to left hander Green, to offer Beeston some hope of forcing the issue. Ex first team captain Elliott (30*) and A Team prospect Pattison (23) had other ideas as they compiled a 67 run partnership. Pattison falling stumped to Vogel going for a maximum. Duncan Greenslade, determined to move off a series of ducks, slapped his way to 14 in a brief cameo to seal a comprehensive victory as Beeston rotated the bowlers to give everyone a try.