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Phoenix from the flames

I thought for some of the older club legends you might enjoy a trip down memory lane so I'm planning to add the odd archive match report every week or two for your enjoyment. This week, Melton A took on Rocklands back in 2008 with some club legends coming to the fore…

Great Melton A (22 pts) beat Rocklands (5 pts) by 5 wickets

Great Melton A clinched promotion from Division 4 with a good all round performance against 3rd placed Rocklands. 

It was a good toss to win with a green and slow wicket and Rocklands were unsurprised to be asked to bat first.  Melton's Mr Consistent Gary Coulson (6-1-23-0) opened at one end but Les Abel was not going to let him settle and anything in his arc was sent to and over the boundary.  At the other end Scott Andrews bowled a superb unbroken spell starting with 3 maidens and making the breakthrough as Abel was pouched at slip by Chris Elliott.  Andrews finished with 1-11 from his 12 overs and at drinks Rocklands had just 44 runs from 24 overs with Walker, often a thorn in Melton's side, becalmed on 6.

Daryl Godbold kept the pressure on as he too reeled off 12 overs and bagged 2 for 26 while the “Silver Fox” Grenville Ireland made a welcome return to the A team with his nagging accuracy.  Andrews took an excellent low catch at long off to remove Carr for 20 and Ireland also took the wickets of Cooper and Defoe.  Rocklands failed to gain any momentum as Sam Fryer's 5 overs at the death restricted them to just 132-7.

Regular openers Tony Alborough (22) and Lee Whiddett (24) gave Melton the solid start they hoped for putting on 49 but once they were parted it sparked a mini-collapse.  Alborough was caught behind off the bowling of his good friend Richie Smith, Whiddett was run out and they were followed by Godbold (4) and Elliott (0).  Rocklands were right back in the game at 62-4 but as so often this season Melton found players to rise to the challenge.  This time it was Martyn Cook whose natural attacking game took Melton to the brink of victory.  In tandem with Ben Mann, who played a mature innings of 30, the pair put on 60 in 10 overs to crush Rocklands' own promotion dreams.  Cook's knock contained seven boundaries and he was out as he went for one final blow to win the match. Instead it was Mann who delivered the coup de grace as he guided the ball behind point for a single to spark the celebrations. 

Melton's win also guarantees promotion for title rivals Bradenham A who have now finished their league programme.  Melton know a convincing win at CEYMS next week will see them capture the Division 4 silverware and emulate the Club's 1st team from 1985. It would also match the performance of the club's B team, already confirmed as winners of Division 6.


L Abel c Elliott b Andrews 27
M Walker c Cook b Godbold 13
W Defoe c Whiddett b Ireland 29
A Cooper c and b Ireland 23
R Kruger c Andrews b Godbold 0
S Carr c Andrews b Ireland 20
J Edghill not out 8
R Smith c Godbold b Fryer 3
Extras 10

Total (45 overs) 132 for 7

G Coulson 6-1-23-0
S Andrews 12-7-11-1
D Godbold 12-4-26-2
G Ireland 10-1-44-3
S Fryer 5-0-25-1

Great Melton A

A Alborough c Defoe b Smith 22
L Whiddett run out 24
D Godbold b Smith 4
B Mann not out 30
C Elliott st Defoe b Abel 0
M Cook b Dodson 43
S Andrews not out 3
Extras 7

Total (37.3 overs) 133 for 5

S Carr 9-2-27-0
R Kruger 3-0-11-0
B Glover 6-0-27-0
R Smith 10-3-24-2
L Abel 8-1-31-1
L Dodson 1.3-0-7-1


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