Century Opening Stand the Key as Cs Beat Diss
GREAT MELTON C (25 points) beat DISS B (6 points) by 87 runs at Town Close in the Norfolk League Division 4SW
An opening partnership of 109 between ‘golden oldies' Chris Elliott and Steve Phoenix gave Great Melton C the platform for an 87-run victory over Diss. It was the longest the pair – with over 1500 appearances for the club between them – had ever batted together with ‘the Chairman more usually seen in the middle to lower order! The fact that C Team skipper, Clive Rennie, regularly asks him to open the innings will be viewed by some as foolhardy but, on this occasion, after losing the toss, his faith was rewarded. After a slow but comfortable start against the Diss opening bowlers, the pair, accelerated the scoring with Elliott unleashing some exquisite drives through the offside and Phoenix dispatching any loose deliveries through square leg or mid-wicket. Phoenix survived a remarkable incident when a looping delivery from Josh Heaton landed on top of the bails without disturbing them but it was Elliott who was first out. Having added 109 off 24 overs, he called for a two that wasn't quite on and was run out for an excellent 52.
Matt Rushton (10) came and went, also run out, before Phoenix brought up his 50 with a six off young off-spinner Anoushka Williamson. The youngster, who bowled with commendable control, had the last laugh, however, bowling Phoenix for 65.
Thereafter the Melton innings stuttered with a succession of dismissals as they limped to 196-9 off their 45 overs with only Sam Coleman (14) making double figures. Diss, having had to wait well beyond the drinks break for the first wicket, stuck to their task with the girls, Williamson (9-0-36-2) and Amy Heaton (8-1-24-4) bowling particularly well.
Any hopes of Diss chasing down the total were virtually extinguished in the first few overs. Mark Swaby took a tumbling catch of James Bridges to dismiss Adrian Baker (0) while Diss skipper, James Skilleter, having hit the first 3 balls of Zef Ishtiaq's opening over for four, fell to a superb low catch at slip by Matt Rushton in Ishtiaq's next over. The young seamer them bowled Paine first ball to leave Diss on 13-3. Chris Eagle (16) and Ashley Cotton (18) hung around for a while and young Josh Heaton scored a most impressive 29 as Clive Rennie rang the bowling changes but the visitors were eventually bowled out for 109 in the 26th over.
Ishtiaq (5-2-17-3) recovered well, having conceded 12 off his first 3 balls, Bridges (5-0-20-1) couldn't add to his early success, Hadi Kashif (5-0-10-1) bowled a pacy spell, Matt Rushton (5-3-19-2) accounted for the Diss middle-order and Rennie (3.2-2-12-3) mopped up the tail as the Cs ensured it would be four Saturday victories out of four for the club for the first time ever.