Melton win derby
Great Melton C (26 points) beat Old Buckenham C (6 points) by 108 runs at Attleborough Rec.Division Seven's basement battle brought a decisive victory for Great Melton C who picked up their first maximum points of the season thanks to an impressive batting display on a difficult wicket.
Great Melton C (26 points) beat Old Buckenham C (6 points) by 108 runs at Attleborough Rec.
Division Seven's basement battle brought a decisive victory for Great Melton C who picked up their first maximum points of the season thanks to an impressive batting display on a difficult wicket.
A score of 234-6 was easily the C team's best of the season and it was built on several useful contributions rather than one or two big scores.
Having elected to bat skipper Mally Howard (45) and George King (12) put on an opening stand of 75 to give Melton a solid start then Toby Wyatt (29) and Steve Phoenix (21) added 40. Graham Button and Chris Greenslade then took Melton past 200 with a stand of 81 in just eight overs.
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Button was bowled with the last ball of the innings for a good 25 but it was 13-year-old Greenslade who was most impressive, hitting an array of fine shots including an effortless six in an unbeaten 40. Paul Meredith was Bucks' best bowler, his 12 overs bringing 4-34.
With such a big total to chase, Old Buckenham needed to get off to a good start and Kyle Mason ensured that they did with an opening over he'll want to forget. A 14-ball marathon yielded 16 runs and included eight wides as he struggled to bowl anywhere near the stumps.
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In contrast, Greenslade bowled Jamie Lincoln (3) with his first ball. Toby Wyatt, who replaced Mason, kept a much tighter line and was rewarded with 2-23 from his five overs as Bucks went to 68-4 off 11 eventful overs.
This included an excellent catch by Howard and the run-out of the dangerous Goddard (20) by Button. Leo DeSalis tightened things up even more with a good eight-over spell that brought him 3-15 while Mason returned at the other end to put his earlier troubles behind him. His second spell of 6-0-15-1 included the wicket of top-scorer Long, clean bowled for 32.
The game was ended by young Joe Bickel, who had fielded well throughout, but came on to claim two wickets for no runs in his one over of leg-spin. There was another good catch - this time by Duncan Greenslade - and two stumpings by George King. It was a decisive 108-run victory by Melton and, with availability better for the second half of the season, it should give the Cs confidence to move up the table.
Great Melton C: M Howard b P Meredith 45, G King b P Meredith 12, T Wyatt lbw P Meredith 29, S Phoenix b Vincent 21, M Farmer c-b P Meredith 8, G Button b Hill 25, C Greenslade not out 40; extras 52. Total 234-6. Bowling: M Hill 11-1-41-1, J Lincoln 7-0-31-0, L Bartlett 8.3-1-52-0, P Meredith 12-1-34-4, J Vincent 5-0-19-1, H Dunkinson 2-0-21-0.
Old Buckenham C: J Lincoln b C Greenslade 3, T Goddard run out 20, P Meredith c-b Wyatt 3, M Long b Mason 32, D Lincoln b Wyatt 8, T North lbw DeSalis 18, H Dunkinson st King b Bickel 8, L Bartlett c D Greenslade b DeSalis 5, M Hill st King b DeSalis, J Meredith not out 0, J Vincent b Bickel 0; extras 32. Total 126. Bowling: K Mason 7-0-30-1, C Greenslade 4-1-19-1, T Wyatt 5-1-23-2, M Farmer 4-0-25-0, L DeSalis 8-1-15-3, J Bickel 1-1-0-2.