Lohit Kannan scored his first senior half-century and Luke Marchant, back from university, took 4-29 as Great Melton made it a hat-trick of victories beating Hockwold by 7 wickets. Opener Michael Reeve scored 88 for Hockwold and the tail wagged with Matt Allsop (36) and Garry Butcher (20) adding valuable runs as the visitors were kept below 200. Their 193 all out was largely due to Marchant (9-2-29-4), Tom Grant (9-1-42-2) and Richard Waddell (9-0-26-2) but there was a wicket too for Josh Wright (4-0-16-1). Ben Mann continued his good form, scoring 20 but it was a second-wicket partnership between Kannan (54) and Matt Clarke (66 not out) that took Melton close to victory. Tim Hales (36 not out) and Clarke saw them home in the 43rd over.
The A and B Teams both lost. It was close for the As who scored 161-9 on a difficult wicket at Denver, Jon Moxon getting 30, Michael Farmer 27 and Lee Whiddett 24 but ‘extras’ was the top scorer with 43. Dan Harper (3-29) and Dan Cornwell (3-14) both took 3 wickets. Dale Weston then returned figures of 9-3-9-2 as Denver reached their total with just 2 wickets and 2 overs to spare, Harvey Wardle scoring 34 and Chris Rolfe 42. The B Team had an even smaller total to defend as they were bowled out for just 108 by Great Yarmouth (Steve Clarke 22, Matt Rushton 19, Richard Cheal 17, Aiden Brand 16) at Town Close. Lewis Chapman took 4-19 as Melton went from 105-4 to 108 all out. Yarmouth knocked off the runs in 34 overs, Simon Ruddick top-scoring with 34. The ever-reliable Leo DeSalis took 2-24 in his 10 overs.
The C Team game against Old Buckenham B was abandoned in very unfortunate circumstances when the air ambulance was called to attend a patient who had suffered a suspected cardiac arrest in the adjoining clubhouse. The game was halted as the helicopter landed on the outfield but the air ambulance then developed a fault and couldn’t take off. There was no alternative but to abandon the game with it delicately poised. Melton, replying to Old Buckenham’s 141 all out, were 59-3 with Jonathan Ellse going well on 44 not out. Earlier Rachael Hustler had taken 3-44, Gary Coulson 3-36, Alice Greenslade 1-12, Liam Stevens 1-14 and Jim Wimhurst 1-20 while skipper Duncan Greenslade conceded only 11 runs in 9 overs. Tom Chambers top-scored for Bucks with 42 as Melton took 11 points compared to Old Buckenham’s 9. The ‘incident’ put cricket firmly in perspective though! Jim Wimhurst did a fantastic job looking after the patient until the ambulance arrived and the club hopes the outcome was a positive one and sends its best wishes to her and her family.
It was a great week for Melton’s juniors with wins for the U9s at Garboldisham, the U13s at Old Buckenham, the U15s at home to Ashmanhaugh and Bartoon Wanderers – with another 50 from Lohit – and the U11s against Bradenham.