GREAT MELTON C (26 points) beat BUNGAY A (5 points) by 130 runs at Melton Park in the Norfolk League Division 3
Melton Cs combination of young talent and experienced campaigners proved too powerful for Bungay A but it was the youngsters who led the way. A superb 87 from Joey Greenslade was followed by impressive performances from young bowlers, Stu Wilson, Connor White, Zef Ishtiaq, Rob Smith and Fergus Hughes as Melton bowled out Bungay for just 94 to win by 130 runs.
With the As without a game Melton C had the rare opportunity to play at Melton Park and, with Simon Carding on holiday it gave the Chairman the chance to lead the side. The loss of the toss did not seem too important when Melton’s openers Mally Howard and Joey Greenslade played sensibly on a damp, slow wicket. They took the score to 44 before Howard chased a wide ball and was caught for 17 but Grenville Ireland joined Greenslade and the pair gradually upped the tempo. A partnership of 87 for the 2nd wicket put Melton firmly in command and, after Ireland was dismissed for 32, Greenslade was joined by Fergus Hughes (17) and the two youngsters took the score to 170 before the in-form Greenslade deflected a ball from J.Masters onto his stumps for a fine 87, an innings that included 10 fours. There was then a mini-collapse as Melton slipped from 170-2 to 182-6 but Liam Hughes (31 not out) made batting look easy as, helped by some powerful stroke play from Connor White (17 not out), 42 runs we’re added off the last four overs to enable Melton to reach 224-6 after 45 overs, all the wickets falling to father and son combination of J.Masters (12-0-64-4) and Ed Masters (8-1-39-2).
Bungay skipper Tim Porter got his side’s reply off to a positive start with 4 boundaries off Rob Smith but Smith had the last laugh as Porter played back to a ball that kept low and was bowled for 18. That proved to be the visitors’ highest score as Smith (6-0-30-2), Wilson (8-3-23-0), Ishtiaq (7-2-9-2) and White (6-2-27-4) all bowled very well. Wickets tumbled regularly helped by some good catching be the ‘old stagers, Hughes (twice), Howard, and Phoenix. Despite a late flurry by Ed Masters (18) who launched a huge straight six over the wall at the end of the ground, skipper Phoenix stuck with his young bowlers although it was Duncan Greenslade who wrapped up a 130-run win when Fergus Hughes caught Ling at square leg of his only over, the 29th. It meant Melton did not even have to use Ireland or Liam Hughes in their attack. White and Ishtiaq were particularly impressive in a very good bowling and fielding performance which assured Melton of maximum points.
Great Melton C
M.Howard c. Davies b.J.Masters 17, J.Greenslade b.J.Masters 87, G.Ireland c. b.E.Masters 32, F.Hughes c.Porter b.J.Masters 17, R.Smith c. b.J.Masters 0′ s.Phoenix b.E.Masters 1, L.Hughes Not Out 31, C.White Not Out 17, Extras 22. TOTAL (6 wickets) 224. (J.Masters 12-0-64-4, B.Ling 5-1-10-0, E.Clarke 5-0-27-0, J.Clarke 7-1-27-0, G.Clarke 8-0-49-0, E.Masters 8-1-39-2)
T.Porter b.Smith 18, J.Clark b.Ishtiaq 13, M.Ramm c.S. Phoenix b.Smith 10, J.Masters b.White 7, R.Davies c.L.Hughes b.Ishtiaq 10, E.Fuller c.Howard b.White 4, H.Haines c.Greenslade b.White 2, C.Clark c.L.Hughes b.White 0, E.Masters b.F. Hughes 18, b. F. Hughes, B.Ling c.F.Hughes b. D.Greenslade 0, M.Reynolds Not Out 2, Extras 9. TOTAL (6 wickets) 94 (R.Smith 6-0-30-2, S.Wilson 8-3-23-0, Z.Ishtiaq 7-2-11-2, C.White 6-2-27-4, F.Hughes 2-1-2-1, D.Greenslade 1-0-1-1)