While most games in Norfolk fell victim to the unseasonal weather, Great Melton B’s patience was rewarded. Having agreed to a 3.00 p.m. start, Melton’s Norfolk League game against Wensum at Drayton eventually got underway a little after 4.00 p.m., having been reduced to 20 overs per side. In the end Melton overhauled the hosts 97-8 with 5 balls remaining to bag their first win of the season.
James Robb, playing only his second game of the summer, was undoubtedly the man-of-the-match. He started by bowling Laurence Smith with the first ball of the game on his way to 3-20 from 5 overs; followed up by running out the other Wensum opener, Graham Tharby-Brown, with a direct hit; then he top-scored with 38, receiving good support from Phil Bugg, who scored 24, then Ryan Hayward who made an unbeaten 30, as Melton reached their target for the loss of 3 wickets.
After winning the toss and electing to field, Melton skipper Matt Rushton, was delighted as Robb and Leo DeSalis (5-0-18-2) reduced Wensum to 38-6 before Bev Asher, with 33 and Dan Pollard, with 18 not out, took advantage of some short-pitched deliveries to plunder some much-needed boundaries in a partnership of 47. Rushton took 2-11 from 2 overs at the end as the home side were restricted to under a 100.
Woody Loines was dismissed for 2 but Bugg and Robb added 48 for the second wicket and Robb and Hayward 38 for the third to give Melton a confidence-boosting win.
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