A strong Norwich Jokers side containing Aaron Watson, Ashley Watson, Sam Arthurton, James Spelman, Ben Wright and Ali Shearer retained the Jubilee Trophy they won the previous year at Great Melton’s Bank Holiday Six-A-Side Festival but it wasn’t all plain sailing. Having breezed through their quarter-final match against Melton U21s, in the semi-final Norwich were bowled out by minows Bunwell, with Alex Pattison producing a virtuoso performance that included 3 brilliant catches and 2 wickets in 2 balls. With his 2 wickets in Bunwell’s other game in a tournament dominated by batsmen, Pattison’s performance brought him the Player-of-the-Tournament award. Despite his heroics in the semi-final, Norwich still posted a big enough score to ease their way to the final where they were given another good game by Swaffham – semi-final conquerors of Great Melton ‘Sheds’ – who needed 14 to win off the last over. The bowler, Norwich skipper Aaron Watson, ensured that wasn’t going to happen!
Although the Player of the Tournament trophy went to Pattison, it was a close run thing with Sam Arthurton’s explosive batting one of the highlights of the day. The plate competition was won by Great Ellingham (with a few ‘guest’ Melton players) who defeated Acle in the final. The other competing team was Anglia T.V.
Michael Handley of Acle won a separate speed-gun competition to find the fastest bowler, recording 64 mph with Chris Greenslade (Great Melton) the runner-up. The Junior (U13 winner) was Joey Greenslade (Melton) at 50 mph, with Logan Stearman (Melton) runner-up. Steve Clarke registered the slowest ball of the day – a snail-like 16 mph! The winners were presented with bats kindly donated by Bumblebee.
Chris Elliott also obtained a signed Norwich City shirt and, together, with a raffle, bar and barbecue, the event brought in over a thousand pounds – an excellent effort from all concerned.
Big thanks to Marcus Godbold and Martyn Cook for organising the event; to all the teams and supporters for attending; to Mike Phoenix for preparing the ground; to Gary Coulson, Duncan Greenslade and Alan Farmer for umpiring; to Daniel Hayward for scoring; to John Burdett, Andy Cameron, Steve Clarke, Dave Bickel and his dad for keeping everyone fed and watered; to Celia Phoenix, Alison Clarke and Rebecca Greenslade for organising the raffles; to Neal Clarke for the Speed-Gun Challenge and to Maria Greenslade and all the others who helped to make the day so successful.