GREAT MELTON C (23 points) beat HARDINGHAM B (5 points) by 7 wickets at Town Close in the Norfolk League Division 4SW
A new C Team 4th wicket record partnership of 148 between Alex Pattison and Chris Wright saw Great Melton C chase down 180 to beat Hardingham B by 7 wickets. Pattison and Wright came together with Melton struggling at 36-3, despite a slow but solid opening stand of 34 between Steve Phoenix and Jamie Dutton. It was change bowler, Carl Nelson, who got the breakthrough, bowling Phoenix for 22 and then dismissing Duncan Greenslade for a duck. When Dutton went for 10 in the next over Melton looked in trouble but Pattison and Wright batted sensibly, getting themselves in before upping the tempo in the later stages with some good running and powerfully-struck boundaries. Wright, normally a bowler who in the past has batted well down the order, justified his promotion to number 5 with an excellent unbeaten 79, easily his best ever score for Melton while Pattison scored an impressive 61 not out. Their partnership of 148 beat the 123 for the 5th wicket by Mally Howard & Andy Vinsen set in 2008 and is the second highest-ever in the Cs. It was also well-timed as the winning run came with 9 balls to spare.
Earlier it was another unbroken partnership of 82 in just 13 overs between Dave Probert (77 not out) and Jonathan Steele (43 not out) that enabled Hardingham to post a challenging 180-6. Wright only conceded 7 runs in his first 6 overs and Matt Rennie only 8 in his 5 and, with Clive Rennie taking 3-31, it looked as if Hardingham would struggle to score around 140. At 98-6 in the 33rd over Probert was then joined by the impressive Steele and the game changed. Melton’s fielding and bowling standards dropped as the Hardingham batsmen increased the run rate and Melton’s overall cause was not helped by 6 missed catches and a couple of missed run outs. In the end Hardingham’s final total looked pretty daunting for a side lacking batting depth but Pattison and Wright proved that, in cricket, anything is possible!
Tim Ecclestone* ct Jamie Dutton b Matt Rennie 0; Keith Palmer lbw b Josh Wright 7; Carl White ct Jamie Dutton b Chris Wright 31; Dave Probert† not out 77; Rod Eldridge b Clive Rennie 8; Carl Nelson ct Jamie Dutton b Clive Rennie 6; Sam Palmer b Clive Rennie 1; J. Steele not out 43; Extras b (1), lb (2), w (4) 7. Total (6 wickets) 180 (Matt Rennie 10-3-30-1; Craig Wilson 10-0-55-0; Josh Wright 6-0-31-1; Chris Wright 10-3-30-1; Clive Rennie 9-1-31-3)
Great Melton C
Jamie Dutton ct Carl White b Rod Eldridge 10; Steve Phoenix b Carl Nelson 22; Alex Pattison not out 61; Duncan Greenslade ct Sam Palmer b Carl Nelson 0; Chris Wright not out 79; Extras b (1), lb (1), w (10) 12. Total (3 wickets) 184 (Rod Eldridge 10-3-20-1; Jonathan Steele 10-2-37-0; Carl Nelson 10-1-28-2; Carl White 4-0-25-0; Stan Fowle 7.3-1-44-0; Sam Palmer 2-0-28-0)