Diss B – 177 ao (6pts) lost to Great Melton C – 196/5 (25pts) by 19 runs at Eye in the Norfolk League Division 4 South
A superb, obdurate, maiden 50 from Ben Fletcher, ably supported by a cautious 40 from Leo de Salis, looking to establish himself at the top of the order, in a 94 run partnership, laid an excellent platform from which Steve Phoenix (45*) could plunder some quick runs in the final third of the innings for Great Melton C’s.
Being asked to bat on a damp, sticky track, Melton’s newest opening pair decided to stick around and hope that conditions would improve as the sun beat down. The bowling was miserly and the outfield long, making fast scoring difficult. Norfolk O60’s player Colin Atkinson (0/26 off 10) leading the way for the hosts.
Wicketkeeper batsman Steve Phoenix upped the scoring rate in typical fashion once the first wicket fell, and his 45 not out was backed up by some big hits from Sam Johnson (12) and Greg Twiddy (15) as the bowling became ragged and the scoreboard clicked over to near 200. An excellent effort.
Gary Coulson (1/20), returning after a 2 year injury lay off, opened the bowling, skittling Paul Hunt. Ben Johnson (1/22), again displayed pace and control, made the initial breakthrough.
Clive Rennie (3/24) tied the middle order in knots after a wayward first over before Leo de Salis (5/27) was thrown the ball as father and son combination Kevin Gunn (25) and Edward Gunn (36) looked to batter the younger bowlers into submission. His guile and late swing saw off the main threat, with only Andy Paine’s 47 helping to push the scores close. 40 extras, including 22 byes, helped their chase and highlighted the need for a fulltime wicketkeeper.
This was a great first win of the campaign for the C team, with plenty of good performances from the younger members. Ryan Twiddy demonstrated some good fielding, a strong arm, and bowled an excellent line. Sam Johnson and Ben Fletcher both bowled with pace, and their left arm seam will prove invaluable during the summer. Ben Johnson held a great catch to see off the dangerous Edward Gunn.
The champagne moment though went to Gary Coulson, removing Andy Paine one handed above his head at short mid on as he looked to bash Clive Rennie out of the park.
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