Once upon a time Great Melton’s annual Bank Holiday Six-A-Side Competition was the only one around but now it’s successful format has been taken on by other clubs. This has undoubtedly made it more difficult attracting sides to compete for the Jubilee Cup so, disappointingly, with cup holders and loyal participants Norwich engaged in Carter Cup Final action and several clubs dropping out at the last minute, last Monday’s tournament went ahead with only 4 teams – all with a Great Melton connection.
Nevertheless it was a great success. The lovely weather undoubtedly helped but so did the friendly rivalry between the sides with Melton players relishing the chance to play against each. Added to that, with fewer teams, there were more matches for everyone.
A round-robin competition ended with Bunwell Rhinos competing against Great Melton U18s in the final with Melton playing Last-Man Standing team, WSYP, in the plate final. The WSYP team of Matt Clarke, Gareth Barker, Ryan Hayward, Jesse Payne-Wilkin, Louis LeMay and James McCloy triumphed in the plate while, after some high scores throughout the competition, the final proved quite a low-scoring affair.
Melton U18s were restricted to 45 by some excellent bowling leaving Nick Aston the easy task, for him, of bludgeoning the required runs. He received good support from Tim Hales as Bunwell won with plenty to spare. Aston was the top run-scorer without being dismissed and was unlucky to miss out on the ‘Star Player’ trophy which went to Joe Bickel who, in a tournament which favours the batsmen, produced some impressive bowling and took 5 wickets.
Melton Chairman Steve Phoenix thanked everybody involved before presenting the trophies including the Jubilee Cup to Tim Hales and his winning team of Ian Nicholls, Nick Aston, James Bridges, Gavin Robbie and Bickel. Organisers Matt Clarke, Nick Mackenzie and Ellie Jakes then made the draw for the Boozey Squares fundraiser.
Thanks are due to Nick, Matt, Ellie and Rich Waddell for their organisation of this and the other fundraising/social events held during the year so far. Thank you too to Leo DeSalis and John Burdett who ran the bar, to barbecue chef, Steve Clarke, and ‘disc-jockey’ Hannah Brook plus all the volunteers who umpired or scored.
The fundraising/social committee could do with a few more members. If you’re keen to get involved let us know.