In contrast to the previous two years when the tournament was washed out, Great Melton’s Bank Holiday Super-Sixes Tournament was blessed with warn sunny weather and it was Norwich who emerged victorious. Led by Ashley Watson, Norwich won the Jubilee Cup for the third time, beating Brooke in the final. Losing semi-finalists were Great Melton U18s and Daniel Hayward’s Great Melton team while Bunwell Rhinos won the plate, beating Last Man Standing Team, ‘Steyn Your Pants’, in the final.
Despite a few last-minute withdrawals, organiser Nick Mackenzie managed to assemble eight teams, many of them containing Great Melton players. Swardeston hero, Matt Taylor, barely recovered from his exploits in his club’s last-gasp National Cup semi-final victory over Weybridge the previous evening…and the ensuing celebrations, still turned out to skipper the Taylor Six. Player-of-the-Tournament, though, was SYPs Gareth Barker who had barely picked up a cricket bat before but scored 80+ runs without being dismissed.
Thanks to all those who organised and helped run the event, particularly Nick Mackenzie, groundsman, Mike Phoenix, Neal & Steve Clarke, John Burdett, Caroline Mawby; Celia Phoenix & Alison Clarke who did the raffle; Hannah Brook, James Robb and the gang who added to the entertainment with their music and banter; plus all the umpires and scorers.
Thanks too to Waitrose who sponsored the event.