Senior Round-Up: Saturday 27th July
While fellow promotion contenders Bradenham saw their game washed out, Great Melton beat Brooke A and the weather to pick up 21 points and further extend their lead at the top of Alliance Division 3. Having agreed to reduce the overs to 30-per-side, Melton skipper Rich Waddell won the toss and elected to bowl first and three wickets apiece for Aslam Mohammed (6-1-15-3), Tom Moye (5-0-29-3) and the rarely used Ben Mann (6-0-27-3) saw the visitors restricted to 149-9 despite 64 from Ryan Finney. Melton then reached their target in the 26th over with young opener Lohit Kannan hitting 10 fours in his second half-century for the 1st Team. Matt Clarke added 34, Mann 19 and George Bunn 18 as Melton won by 4 wickets, Brooke’s Ryan Pearce taking 4-41.
Melton’s other three teams all found themselves batting first, all three found runs hard to come by and all lost heavily! The A Team were restricted to 99-9 in 35 overs at Horsford with only openers Jason Whiddett (13) and Tim Hales (18) reaching double figures. Horsford A’s Chris Browne (3-17) and Aaron Beaumont (3-26) did the damage with 3 wickets each from their 7 overs. Tom Vaughan then scored 64 and opening partner Ethan Metcalf 23 before being run out as Horsford comfortably completed victory in 22 overs for the loss of just the one wicket.
The B Team’s game against Eaton at Town Close was also reduced – to 30 overs per side – and the conditions suited Eaton’s Nigel Massingham perfectly. Despite an excellent 65 including 8 fours and 2 sixes from Eusha Fawad and 23 from Aiden Brand, Massingham took 6-32 in his 7 overs. Michael Barker’s 2-41 helped dismiss Matt Rushton’s side for 122. Sam Butcher, as he has done many times before, then provided the platform for a 9-wicket win with an unbeaten 64. Matt Duke scored 21 before Barker (27 not out) joined Butcher to knock off the remaining runs.
Melton C, still without a win all season and up against top-of-the-table Colney desperately needed to win the toss and field first if they were to have any chance but skipper Steve Phoenix called wrongly and Colney skipper and former Melton player Ben Carding nipped out Phoenix (1) and Melton’s main run-scorer Jonathan Ellse (0) in an opening burst of 4-4-0-2. It became a sorry procession after that with only Ella Dye (11) reaching double-figures as Melton were all out for 30 in 21-4 overs, Mike Peck taking 4-8 and Robin Wintle 3-9. All Melton’s bowlers performed well with Dye (3-0-6-0), Paul Stevens (4-2-4-0) and George Woodcock (3-2-5-0) keeping things tight but 30 was undefendable and Jack Dainty and David Whitworth ensured Colney won by 10 wickets.