Smith’s 6-31 Spoils Simon’s Day
GREAT MELTON C (3 points) lost to COLNEY (24 points) by 9 wickets at Eaton CNS in the Norfolk League Division 4
New C Team skipper, Simon Carding, returning to his old club, Colney, finally got his first wicket for Melton but, despite impressive figures of 9-2-23-1, Colney's C.Smith spoilt his day with 6-31 as the home side bowled out Melton for 127 – a total that never looked likely to be enough. Jack Dainty (44) and Nick Butcher (47 not out) put together an opening stand of 89 to put Colney on the road to victory and Rouse (22 not out) finished the job in the 35th over. Melton generally bowled well with David Bunn (8-2-18-0) and Zef Ishtiaq (6-1-15-0) keeping things tight early on. Grenville Ireland came out of retirement for his 331st appearance and Carding called on 7 bowlers but Smith's earlier heroics ensured Colney had time and overs on their side.
After winning the toss, Melton looked in little trouble early on as Bunn and Alex Rennie (8) moved the score on to 36 before Bunn was bowled for what proved to be the top score of 36. Jim Wimhurst went for a duck and, although Melton's younger batsmen hung around for a while and played some good-looking shots none of them were able to make a large contribution. Ben Carding (13), James Robb (8) and Sam Carding (4) all fell victim to Smith who was managing to extract a bit of extra bounce from the wicket. Steve Phoenix (20), Ireland (14) and Simon Carding (6 not out) scrambled some runs as the overs began to run out but, with Smith returning figures of 11.2-2-31-6, Adam Holvey 12-7-21-1 and R.Wintle 12-5-20-2, Melton were dismissed in the final over.
Great Melton C
D.Bunn b.Holvey 36, A.Rennie c.Rouse b.Wintle 8, J.Wimhurst c.Barker b.Wintle 0, B.Carding c.Rouse b.Smith 13, J.Robb c.Holvey b.Smith 8, Sam Carding b.Smith 4, S.Phoenix c.Dainty b.Smith 20, D.Greenslade c. b.Smith 2, S.Carding Not Out 6, G.Ireland c. b.Peck 14, H.Ishtiaq b.Smith 0, Extras 15, TOTAL 127 (A.Holvey 12-7-21-1, M.Peck 10-3-42-1, R.Wintle 12-5-20-2, C.Smith 11.2-2-31-6)
J.Dainty b.Simon Carding 44, N.Butcher Not Out 47, Rouse Not Out 22, Extras 16. TOTAL (1 wicket) 129 (D.Bunn 8-2-18-0, H.Ishtiaq 6-1-15-0, J.Robb 2-0-15-0, Simon Carding 9-2-23-1, G.Ireland 5-1-24-0, A.Rennie 3-0-13-0, D.Greenslade 1-0-6-0, Sam Carding 1-0-4-0)