GREAT MELTON C (3 points) lost to COLNEY (25 points) by 7 wickets at CNS School in the Norfolk League Division 4 South
With availability across the club very poor – no doubt exacerbated but England’s World Cup Quarter-Final – Duncan Greenslade did very well to get 10 players on the pitch for the game against Colney, calling up Mohit Badimela and Megan Ellse for their senior debuts and Stephen Leinster who agreed to leave scorebook duties for a week.
With Colney seemingly unable to access a television and insistent on a full 45-over match, Melton skipper, Steve Phoenix, was somewhat relieved that his side were asked to bat after losing the toss, thus saving his patched-up side the experience of chasing leather all afternoon.
Luckily Melton did have Jonathan Ellse and, thus, were able to survive for 32.3 overs and get 111 runs on the board. The genial South African scored an excellent 67, that included 10 fours and a 6, with Phoenix (14) and Duncan Greenslade (12) the only other batsmen to make double figures. The Chairman stayed with Ellse for 16 overs adding 59 for the 2nd wicket, the most productive partnership of the innings but Robin Wintle (10-0-44-5) and Simon Carding (6.3-3-9-2) had too much experience for Melton’s tail. Steve Leinster (6) and Mohit (2) were the only other batsmen to trouble the scorers.
After a tea interval spent peering at phones or trying to get Becky Greenslade’s television to work, play resumed with Colney’s regular openers David Whitworth and Nick Butcher producing their usual cautious start. Young Mohit (5-1-12-0) produced an excellent opening spell in tandem with club stalwart Gary Coulson (6-0-24-0) but it was Duncan Greenslade who produced the breakthrough, Ollie Leinster taking a good catch to dismiss Butcher (16). Alice Greenslade (3-0-25-1) then had Whitworth (16) caught by Coulson at short fine leg to leave Colney at 59-2. Duncan bowled a good spell of 6-2-11-1 and a combination of Jonathan Ellse and Ollie Leinster ran out Tim Stock for 33 but, with most of the Cs’ regular bowlers missing, Thompson (17 not out) and Norman (20 not out) saw Colney to victory in the 29th over.
It was good that 3 dads, Duncan Greenslade, Stephen Leinster & Jon Ellse, were able to play cricket with their sons or daughters and 13-year-old Mohit showed a lot of promise, but it was unfortunate that, once again, Melton had to take on Colney – a team of adults & one of the stronger teams in Division 4S – with a weaker-than-usual side. However, unlike some other clubs, Melton didn’t call off and dug deep into their playing resources to still field a team. Thanks to all who turned out, and well done Duncan.
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