George Bunn scored 149 and Nick Aston 51 as Great Melton A totalled 295 all out against Swardeston-CEYMS A at Hilltops but the huge score was only just enough as the home side came within 3 runs of overhauling it. In a “crazy” game Melton skipper Simon Woods’ decision to bat on a hard wicket with a quick outfield looked a good one as Bunn went to work. The left-hander was at his fluent best, hitting 19 fours and 6 sixes while Lee Whiddett (25) Aston (51) and Matt Henderson (16) played relatively minor roles. Swardeston kept plugging away with Phil Rank eventually finishing with 4-54 as Melton, despite the big score, were bowled out in 41 overs.
Swardeston then had a century-maker of their own in Kevin Cooper as they launched a spirited reply. Cooper hit 116 and James Young 90 as, for a time, the home side looked capable of an unlikely run-chase. Matt Henderson (8-0-33-4) then turned things around with 4 wickets including those of Cooper and Youngs as Swardeston finished agonisingly 3 runs short with still 3 wickets remaining. The other 3 wickets went to Josh Wright (3-57)
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The B Team slipped to a fifth successive defeat at home to fellow strugglers Rollesby at Town Close. Once again it was largely down to the failure of the batsmen to post a defendable total. Eusha Fawad (24), Matt Rushton (20) and Ryan Hayward (21) all reached the 20s but none of them could go on to make a match-defining score. Chris Algar returned remarkable figures of 8-0-13-6 as Melton were bowled out for a disappointing 127.
Despite the best efforts of Kyle Weston (10-1-21-1), Rushton (9-3-39-3) and youngsters Flynn Crosthwaite and George Woodcock, 127 was never likely to be a defendable total and Alger completed a man-of-the-match performance with 49 as Rollesby won by 5 wickets in the 33rd over.
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