Promotion joy for Great Melton
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It was quite a coincidence as two Great Melton sides completed their campaigns against Rocklands last weekend. Both won to preserve unbeaten records and both had plenty to celebrate as the curtain came down on another league season.
Lee Whiddett's A team beat their South Norfolk rivals by six wickets at Melton Park to clinch second place in Alliance Division Four and promotion while, at the other end of the scale, the U11s won by 13 runs at Rocklands to complete an Alliance and South Norfolk Community League cup double.
In the senior match Rocklands made 197-7 with the veteran Leo De Salis claiming impressive figures of 12-3-39-2 – a fine comeback after taking some hammer the previous week at Stow. Melton A then made a good job of the run chase with Martin Bunn (49) and nephew George (43) leading the way. Chris Greenslade who, with Michael Farmer, interrupted his stay at the Sundown Festival, to help the club field four teams, scored 31 as Melton totalled 201-4. Sam Mann played out a maiden over so, fittingly, skipper Whiddett could hit the run that clinched promotion. As well as finishing second to champions Brooke, Melton A have the distinction of being the only unbeaten side in all six divisions of the Dipple & Conway Norfolk Alliance.
The U11s are similarly unbeaten having won 19 of their 20 matches in the Terry Moore and South Norfolk competitions. They were given a tough test by Rocklands but 32 by Charlie Green and 17 by Oli Leinster enabled them to reach 87-4. Melton then bowled and fielded well to restrict Rocklands to 74-3 and complete a hat-trick of SNCL titles –the U13s and U15s having already been crowned champions.
Melton first team, already relegated, also ended the season on a high with victory at Acle, who were bowled out for 140 thanks to a 'fifer' from 15-year-old left-arm spinner Alex Rennie. His 5-35 represents his best figures to date for the firsts and he was well supported by Nick Mackenzie, who took 3-6 to mop up the Acle tail. Both Rennie and Mackenzie started the season in the B and C teams. Martyn Cook scored 40 and Dave Adams 45 not out as Melton eased to a seven-wicket win, only their fourth of the season.
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The Bs and Cs were not as strong as usual and it showed in the batting as both teams could only muster 98 against Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway and Eaton respectively. Although Melton B bowled and fielded well to keep Railway batting for 31 overs, they won by nine wickets. Meanwhile Eaton reached their target against the Cs with four wickets down.
The Bs avoided relegation, however, while the Cs finished comfortably in mid-table to ensure another season in Divisions Two and Three of the Norfolk League.
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The Sunday side were bowled out for 124 at Mattishall to lose by nine wickets but will finish comfortably in mid-table in Boyle Division 1.
The Ladies' score of 111-0 was not enough against Fakenham who edged an exciting game by one wicket with one ball remaining. Robyn Edge with 60 not out and Beth Harmer with 39 not out were responsible for the century opening partnership while April Herathge took 2-15.