A hat-trick by Cameron Graveling helped Great Melton’s Zip League team to made it 4 wins out of 4 with a 69-run victory over Cringleford.  Once again Melton’s opponents had no answer to the team’s bowling and fielding which was of a very high standard.  Cringleford lost 13 wickets in scoring 59 runs which meant that, having started with 100, with deductions for wickets lost, they finished with a net score of 79.

Becca Greenslade 2-0-6-2 (1 bowled, 1 ct Ben), Olly Black 2-0-6-2 (1 bowled, 1 ct & b)
Ollie Leinster, 2-0-9-2 (1 bowled, 1 overheight), Ben Granville 2-0-11-0 and Charlie Green 2-0-18-1 (1 bowled) all bowled very well and Cameron’s hat-trick amazingly came in the first 3 balls of the power play over  which was a 3-wicket maiden.  His figures of 2-1-9-3 included 1 bowled, 1 caught & bowled and another caught by Ollie Black.  Those two catches plus the one held by Ben were absolute ‘blinders’ while there were also 3 excellent run outs while Melton bowled only 2 wides.

Basically, if Melton avoided losing too many wickets they would win the game even if they scored no runs at all but, with Topcroft setting a hot pace at the top of the Zip League, the team needed to go for as many bonus points as possible.  Things didn’t quite work out and the batting never quite reached the heights of the bowling.  Nevertheless, Becca and Ollie Leinster scored 25-1 (Becca ct behind), Olly Black and Ben scored 26-2 (Ben ct&b and overheight) and Charlie and Cameron 17-1 (Cameron overheight) to give Melton a total score of 168-4 and a net score of 148.

Melton’s next game is against Tas Valley on Monday 25th January and that is likely to be a much sterner test.

Steve Phoenix

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