Superb batting by youngsters Joey Greenslade, Alex Rennie and Emily Reay helped by a major contribution from the Chairman and a fifer from Daniel Hayward enabled Melton C to achieve their best win of the season at Saham Toney. With skipper Simon Carding and sons Sam and Ben on holiday, stand-in captain Steve Phoenix saw his team further disrupted when Simon Brett was called up to the B Team and David Bunn was struck down by a sickness bug on Saturday morning. Nevertheless, with Jim Wimhurst and Marcus Mawby answering the emergency call the C’s travelled with a full side on a baking hot day. It was with some relief that Phoenix called correctly and elected to bat.
Mally Howard and Alex Rennie opened for Melton but, with the score on 22, Howard skied a catch and was dismissed for 7. Greenslade then joined Rennie and, without taking any risks, both 14-year-olds played some delightful shots in a partnership of 66. Rennie, having played very well was then bowled by Kemp disappointingly one short of his maiden 50. Emily Reay came in at 4 and looked in little trouble, continuing her fine form of the previous week. Six of her first seven scoring shots were boundaries as 49 more runs were added before she was dismissed for a fluent 35. After struggling for runs in the B Team, Greenslade was playing the anchor role in an innings that already stood at 137-3 off 31 overs but, when he was joined by the Chairman, the innings really took off. Scoring at over 8 an over Greenslade and Phoenix added 78 for the 4th wicket in 9 overs before Greenslade lofted a catch to mid-off for an excellent 69 that included 9 fours. As the Saham Toney bowlers wilted in the heat, Luke Marchant (8 not out) and Phoenix added a further 41 runs without further loss and Melton totalled a mammoth 256-4. The Chairman’s unbeaten 63 included 10 fours and a six. He is developing a liking for Saham Toney, having scored a half-century on his previous visit.
On an flat wicket with a lightning quick outfield and minus some of regular bowlers, Melton realised the game was far from won despite their big score but Daniel Hayward made an early breakthrough when he had A.Dumble (0) caught by Duncan Greenslade at point in his first over – a maiden. That set the tone and, when Hayward, juggled but held a sharp return catch to dismiss Cross (6) it looked to be the young bowler’s day. A diving catch be Clive Gristwood at slip gave Hayward his 3rd wicket – that of the dangerous Rimmer (19) and, with Marcus Mawby (4-0-18-1) bowling Kemp (15) to give him his first senior wicket, the home side were struggling. Ebo Huckle (12) fell to another good catch, this time by Mawby at third man and Hayward then had Bill caught behind to give him final figures of 11-1-39-5 before taking a flying on-handed catch at slip to remove Turner off Alex Rennie. Youngsters B.Denton (11) and K.Dumble (17) gave their more experienced colleagues a lesson in batting at the end but spinners Rennie (3-1-15-2) and Reay (2-0-6-1) and the medium pace of Duncan Greenslade (2.4-0-15-1) accounted for the tail as the home side were dismissed for 132. It was a fine performance by the Cs who outclassed their opponents in every department, quite an achievement considering those opponents were Saham’s second team and their firsts operate in Alliance Division 2 – the same as our first team!
Great Melton C
M.Howard c. b.Huckle 7, A.Rennie b.Kemp 49, J.Greenslade c. b.Denton 69, E.Reay c. b.Kemp 31, S.Phoenix Not Out 63, L.Marchant Not Out 8, Extras 31. TOTAL (4 wickets) 256 (E.Huckle 12-0-53-1, B.Denton 6-0-38-1, J.Bill 5-0-45-0, M.Kemp 12-0-47-2, J.Rymer 3-0-15-0, A.Dumble 7-0-46-0)
Saham Toney A
J.Rimmer c.Gristwood b.Hayward 19, A.Dumble c.D.Greenslade b.Hayward 0, J.Cross c. & b. Hayward 6, M.Kemp b.Mawby 15, E.Huckle c.Mawby b.Hayward 12, J.Bill c.J.Greenslade b.Hayward 1, D.Bowman st.J.Greenslade b.Rennie 18, T.Turner c.Hayward b.Rennie 6, B.Denton b.Reay 11, K.Dumble lbw D.Greenslade 17, J.Wood Not Out 0, Extras 27. TOTAL 132 (L.Marchant 5-0-25-0, D.Hayward 11-1-39-5, M.Mawby 4-0-18-1, A.Rennie 3-1-15-2, D.Greenslade 2.4-15-1, E.Reay 2-0-6-1)