GREAT MELTON C (23 points) beat WINTERTON A (4 points) by 6 wickets at Town Close in the Norfolk League Division 4SE
An early breakthrough by Rachael Hustler and Caitlin Ellis followed by a fifer from Clive Rennie, 35 runs from young Ben Granville and useful contributions by several others meant Melton C beat the rain and Winterton to record their third successive victory.
After winning the toss for the first time since returning as skipper, Steve Phoenix, asked the visitors to bat and Caitlin Ellis followed her 4 wickets the previous week by clean bowling Speak with her first ball. In the next over Hustler bowled Lucy Witheridge and, the next ball, had Gislam well-caught by Phoenix at short-leg, to leave Winterton reeling at 19-3. After that Martin Witheridge dealt mainly in leg-side boundaries as he took advantage of some short-pitched bowling but, although, the score raced along, the visitors continued to lose wickets. Witheridge was eventually stumped by Rebecca Greenslade for 61 to give Clive Rennie his third wicket and, when the threatening rain eventually came, Winterton were 106-7.
Following a break of just over an hour during which tea was taken, play resumed and Melton made short work of taking the final three wickets as Rennie (6-2-20-5) completed his five-wicket haul and Granville bowled last-man Clayton. It meant Winterton had been dismissed for 108 in just 18 overs with Caitlin taking 2-34 and Rachael 2-28. As well as their wickets there were two good catches from Rennie and one even better one from Granville.
Melton’s skipper opened the innings with Ben Fletcher but the youngster was bowled early on by Duncan Clarke. However, Phoenix found a willing ally in 14-year-old Ben Granville who showed remarkable composure and talent on his Norfolk League debut. Hitting his first ball for four, Granville proceeded to punish any loose bowling, making batting look much easier than his more experienced partner. The pair had added 47 with the youngster contributing 35 of them, including a six and 4 fours, before he mis-timed a drive and was caught. Phoenix followed for 14 without addition to the score but that brought together Duncan Greenslade and Kevin Ellis. Ellis was at his customary belligerant best, hitting 6 fours in an enterprising 28 before ‘leaving’ a ball from Lardner that cut back and bowled him. By then, though, Melton were virtually home and (fairly) dry! Another red-inker from the reliable Greenslade (22 not out) made sure of victory in the 25th over.
With spirit in the team excellent, a good mix of young and old, male and female, Melton C are on a good little 3-match unbeaten run so it’s unfortunate that there is no game next week.
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