GREAT MELTON C (23 points) beat Winterton A (7 points) by 4 wickets at Winterton in the Norfolk League Division 3
Melton Cs young players, Viv Sharma, Ben Carding, Eusha Fawad and Joey Greenslade shone in the murky conditions on Saturday as Melton completed a ‘double’ over Winterton and returned to winning ways after two defeats. Having travelled through a torrential downpour on the way, Melton’s players were surprised to arrive at Winterton and find the covers being removed and play due to start on time. They were even more surprised when home skipper, Tom Whichelow won the toss and choose to bat. The evergreen Bryn Clarke then faced a torrid first over from Viv Sharma with the ball whistling past his head off a good length. Having survived he watched as fellow opener J.Reeve was bowled first ball by Simon Carding. Sharma’s first 6 overs of hostile fast bowling cost just 11 runs and Carding’s 19 but Clarke and Michael Bester showed good application and began to play a few shots. They took the score to 86 off 25 overs but Ben Carding got the breakthrough, having Clarke well caught by Eusha Fawad at mid-off for 44.
An excellent spell by the younger Carding was followed by 2 overs of spin from Eusha which brought the vital wicket of Geoff Roper, bowled for 8. Sharma returned to remove Bester for 44 but some powerful blows from K.Drewitt (43) enabled Winterton to reach 172-7, the impressive Ben Carding earningMelton another point with 2 wickets in the final over. Carding’s figures of 7-2-15-3 were well deserved but Sharma’s (12-3-42-1) didn’t fully reflect his efforts. Fawad Kaiser (12-3-36-1) kept things tight from the other end.
Melton’s reply suffered an early setback when Steve Clarke (9) missed a full toss from young spinner J.Collins and was bowled round his legs. Sharma hit 3 boundaries before being bowled for 15 but Fawad and Joey Greenslade kept the scoreboard ticking up to a 20 minute break for rain. On the resumption Eusha was trapped lbw by Seago for a well-made 37 and Aimee Palmer (8) was dismissed by the same bowler with the score on 85-4 and the game perfectly balanced.
Greenslade was then joined by his U15s opening partner Carding and, combining some intelligent running with some classy shots all round the wicket, the pair gradually took the game away from Winterton. After a tentative start following a run of low scores in the A and B teams, Greenslade grew in confidence, reaching a well-deserved half-century to take Melton to 161. There was a slight hiccup when Greenslade was dismissed for 51 then Carding fell in the next over for 29 but a four from Phoenix set up Fawad Kaiser to complete Melton’s victory with a six over mid-wicket.
B.Clarke c.Eusha b.B.Carding 44, J.Reeve b.S.Carding 0, M.Bester c.Clarke b.Sharma 44, G.Roper b.Eusha 8, K.Drewitt b.B.Carding 43, J.Collins c.J.Greenslade b.Fawad 7, G.Young c.D.Greenslade b.B.Carding 0, G.Young Not Out 1, M.Smith Not Out 1, Extras 24, TOTAL (7 wickets) 172 (V.Sharma 12-3-42-1, S.Carding 6-1-19-1, A.Palmer 4-0-24-0, B.Carding 7-2-15-3, Fawad Kaiser 12-3-36-1, M.Mawby 2-0-15-0, Eusha Fawad 2-0-12-1)
Great Melton C
S.Clarke b.Collins 9, E.Fawad lbw Seago 37, V.Sharma b.Stanhope-Smith 15, J.Greenslade c.Roper b.Stanhope-Smith 51, A.Palmer c.Drewitt b.Seago 8, B.Carding b.Young 29, F. Kaiser Not Out 6, S .Phoenix Not Out 4, Extras 15. TOTAL (6 wickets) 174 (J.Collins 7-0-33-1, T.Whichelow 9-3-39-0, M.Stanhope-Smith 8.2-1-32-2, J.Seago 7-1-31-2, B.Clarke 4-0-22-0, M.Bester 1-0-7-0, E.Young 1-0-5-1)