View from the Boundary Saturday June 10th 2017.
Gt Melton A v Old Catton 1st.
I took the long trip from home in Hethersett to Gt Melton’s ground (4 mins by car) rather tentatively, wondering how the team would react after last week’s comprehensive defeat. Well, for a start it wasn’t last week’s team, only 4 of them in the 1st side this week, and I should have had no fears as they were in a buoyant mood. They had restricted Gt Melton to 53-3 after 17 overs, 2 for Baz and 1 for Ryan, this on a day of warm, nay hot, sunshine, where the ball picked up speed as it outran the fielders to the boundary. It was a two-drinks- per-innings day, in a lovely setting, but typically things didn’t go as smoothly as they had looked like doing. The pair in bat took the score along to 87 before Stevie S took a catch from the skies via Tom Q’s bowling in the 24th over. Tom took the next wicket also in the 34th, making it 124-5.
I sheltered from the sun under one of the two big trees on the pitch as our fielders gallantly sizzled away – hold on, that’s three Trees on the pitch if you count Mambrose. On a real batting pitch the score went steadily up, passing the 50 stand, until in the 40th over Ryan struck, hitting the stumps – 182-6. Turner’s Prize was to restrict Gt Melton to 208-6 at the end. It looked substantial, but in my opinion not enough on that wicket. However, it would be enough if we failed to do better than our previous attempts. Also, we had to take into consideration our walking wounded: Mr Daynes had bruised his knee whilst fielding, and would be doubtful in the batting stakes. As most of you know Mr D has, in recent years, shook off the few extra stones that he used to have, but in this case his knee could definitely be called ‘Chunky’, despite all the remedies proposed by his team-mates, short of amputation.
We were pleased today to welcome back into the side, albeit temporarily, Jake, and his inclusion helped boost the morale in the team. He and Giles opened, Jake in his usual cavalier style, although Giles was never far behind him in the run race. Together they put on 88 before Jake was bowled by one that kept low in the 16th over, his donation being a fast 43. Gilo achieved his half century by the 19th over and carried on the good work with Tom, until the latter was out for 17 in the 24th – 139-2. Was this a hiccup? No. Dom joined Gilo and to muted cheers as we didn’t want to upset the opposition, they confidently passed the total that had been set them. Gilo entered the nervous nineties for a little while, and we feared that Dom would decide to knock off the runs required, but he graciously declined some runs, to allow Gilo to finish the job, achieving 102 not out! Dom was 19 not out.
This was a great achievement, as it’s been a while since a Catton man scored a century, but as Jake told them, ‘Now you know you can do it, get on with the season and win matches.’ Well said: he’ll be back soon.
The banter was good throughout, as players weren’t constantly preparing to go into bat, and could really lay it on – Chunky’s water-on-the-knee was the main topic as was Tree’s trunk, but it was just nice for a change to relax in the warm sunshine and enjoy some fine cricket.
Bowling figures were Baz 2-29, Ryan 2-38 and Tom 2-56.
Barry Prime, Chairman.