Despite the rather breezy and overcast conditions, Great Melton’s Bank Holiday ‘Sixes’ Tournament proved a hugely successful and enjoyable occasion graced by some excellent cricket, much of it provided by the eventual winners, a ‘Jokers’ side comprising a mixture of Norwich and Great Witchingham players. It was a case of County players like Aaron and Ashley Watson, James Spelman and Sam Arthurton enjoying a bit of ‘fun’ cricket away from the pressures of County or East Anglian Premier League commitments. They graced the tournament with some explosive batting, particularly from Ashley Watson and teammate Ben Wright and, especially in the final against Great Melton’s ‘Mini-Sheds’ , from Arthurton. Ashley Watson scored 76 in 3 innings without being dismissed and just pipped Wright (79 in 3 innings) for the Player of the Tournament award by virtue of his better bowling figures and the entertainment he provided throughout the day. In the final the Jokers scored a massive 89 off just five overs and, despite a powerful unbeaten 29 from Martyn Cook, Melton fell short by 21 runs, their total of 68-4 representing a brave effort against the odds.
Losing semi-finalists were Melton’s ‘Young Guns’ and Brooke with Swaffham overcoming Anglia T.V. off the last ball in the final of the Plate. The other two teams in the expanded 8-team competition were Melton’s ‘Old Gits’ and Great Ellingham.
The Tournament did not take place last year but was re-vamped for 2011 by two of Melton’s younger players, Marcus Godbold and Martyn Cooke who, as well as the usual double-scoring ‘Max Zones’ intruduced a new ‘Jaws Ball’ requiring batsmen to nominate a ball to be delivered to the accompanyment of the ‘Jaws’ theme which, if dispatched, would count double the runs. With a bar and barbecue plus a raffle and cake sale, the day also boosted the Club coffers as well as being a good social occasion.
Pictured below are tournament Jubilee Cup winners ‘The Jokers’ and Plate Winners Swaffham C.C.