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Denver CC's Joe Manning (3-35) and Max Merritt (3-21) share Norfolk Alliance Div Four match award in Great Melton 2nds relegation battle



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Denver CC recorded a crucial victory in their quest for key points in the Division Four relegation battle after a six-wicket win against Great Melton 2nds.

Denver won the toss and put the hosts in to bat and got off to a quick start with Chris Rolfe and Connor Bateson keeping the bowling tight, taking a wicket each and creating a run out for Joe Manning as the Great Melton batters looked to get runs on the board.

Skipper Nick Aston led the counter attack for Melton as he took the attack to the Denver bowlers and quickly moved to a half century.

Denver 1st v Fakenham 2nds cricket, Connor Bateson. MLNF-22AF07184
Denver 1st v Fakenham 2nds cricket, Connor Bateson. MLNF-22AF07184

However, wickets continued to fall regularly at the other end, with no other batter making it out of single figures.

Aston would make 82 from just 57 balls before being caught in the deep, looking to get quick runs as he started to run out of partners.

Joe Manning (3-35) and Max Merritt (3-21) both kept their nerve against the onslaught from Aston as they cleaned up the middle and lower order, with Great Melton only managing to make 121 from 30 overs.

Denver 1st v Fakenham 2nds cricket, Harrison Futter. MLNF-22AF07183
Denver 1st v Fakenham 2nds cricket, Harrison Futter. MLNF-22AF07183

Denver knew it would be a tough chase on a tricky wicket and got off to a bad start as they lost a wicket in the second over.

Paul Morton and Neil Gromett moved the score along slowly, but kept Denver ticking as they put on 49 for the second wicket.

However, when they both fell within three runs of each other, Denver still had a long way to go with two new batters at the crease.

Denver 1st v Fakenham 2nds cricket. Chris Rolfe. MLNF-22AF07180
Denver 1st v Fakenham 2nds cricket. Chris Rolfe. MLNF-22AF07180

George Woodcock (2-9 from six overs) and Matt Rushton (1-15 from nine) kept the pressure on Denver but the occasional boundary kept them well in touch with the required rate.

They lost another wicket on 79 but Dan Cornwell kept calm at the crease, making 34 while Marcus Glover struck 18 from 17 balls to take Denver easily to victory in the 34th over with six wickets in hand.

Lawtronics players of the match were Max Merritt and Joe Manning for their part in the win which sees Denver in seventh spot in the 10-team division – 79 points of the bottom two.



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