Youngsters Shine As Seniors Set the Platform
Great Melton C (173-6) 25pts beat Hingham A (129ao) 6pts by 44 runs at Town Close in the Norfolk League Division 4S.
Whilst veteran bowler Leo de Salis may have taken another 5 wicket haul, his second in consecutive league games this season, and Jon Ellse may have fallen 4 shy of another half century, it was two emerging youngsters who took the plaudits at the end of the game.
At 25-2 with both openers back in the hutch, Melton looked to be struggling. Sam Johnson (33), promoted to number 4, strode purposefully to the crease to join Jon Ellse (46). His quick fire knock, scampering between the wickets to rotate the strike combined with a few boundaries, helped Melton recover to 87/3 just after drinks, and a chance to post a competitive score.
Duncan Greenslade (24) joined Jon to push the score along, followed by Ben Johnson (16) – which included the shot of the game, a sumptuous whip off his pads through mid-wicket – and Clive Rennie (19*), and the hosts managed a more than respectable 173-6.
Needing to leave early, David Fenner (23) went gung-ho from the start of the reply, ably supported by Daniel Fenton (34), with the visitors rushing along at 9 an over. Catches were spilled and the hosts were looking ragged. Sam made the initial break through, diving forwards to catch a half hit shot from Fenner to give his brother Ben the first wicket. When Duncan held onto a loose shot from Nick Scott (12), again diving forward, Hingham were 70-2 and still going strong.
Leo was thrown the ball, and once he found his line, removed the dangerous Fenton, skied to captain Steve Phoenix, before having Zak Ashdown caught behind by a great catch from Oli Leinster. Oli took another sharp catch to remove Jamie Edwards, and Hingham were sliding to a mid innings slump at 85-6.
Oli allowed just 6 byes through all afternoon in a thoroughly impressive display, and was unfortunate to miss out on the top banana vote.
Clive Rennie (2-14) bowled a very tight 8 overs from the Garden Centre end to exert some much needed control and pressure.
Leo completed his fifer, skittling visiting skipper and ex-Melton player Kevin Chilleystone for a second ball duck, to leave Hingham reeling at 107-8. Sam claimed a wicket with a sharp return catch to dismiss hard hitting Jason Edwards (19) before Alice Greenslade wrapped the innings up.
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