Senior Round-Up: Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th August

Great Melton First Team were poised for victory over Downham & Stow A last Saturday when the umpires deemed the wet outfield and poor light made conditions dangerous and the game was called off with 11 overs remaining. Downham & Stow, chasing 233, were struggling on 116-7 with Joe Barker, on debut, having taken 4-30 and skipper Richard Waddell 3-16. Chris Sharp was still there on 52 but, with 3 wickets to take, Melton fancied their chances. Earlier the Melton innings had been built around 59 from Sam Mann plus useful contributions from brother Ben (28), Lohit Kannan (22), Connor Stearman (22), Matt Clarke (37) and Waddell (26). Dan Ward and Sam Morgan took 3 wickets apiece.

Melton’s young A team lost by 53 runs against Old Buckenham A at the Hall. A good effort by the bowlers saw the home side dismissed for 199 with Matt Henderson (3-35) and skipper-for-the-day Chris Wright (3-26) each taking 3 wickets. Rob Mackintosh (1-29) bowled well again and Dale Weston and Harrison Cunningham took one wicket each However, despite a good 3rd wicket partnership between Ernie Ellse, who scored 38, and Matt Rushton (36), plus a useful 16 from Mackintosh, none of the other batsmen could hang around long enough or score quickly enough. Craig Savage, with 3-34, was the most effective of the Old Bucks bowlers as Melton finished on 146-9.

Melton managed to field three senior Sunday sides with the Sunday 1st Team beating Brooke by 1 wicket, the A Team winning by 4 wickets at Bradfield and the Ladies losing an exciting game against Brooke Ladies with a ball to spare.At Brooke unbeaten 50s from John Reynolds and Lucas Innes enabled the home side to reach 183-4 in their 40 overs, Taha Raja taking 2-41. Imaad Khalid then also scored an unbeaten half-century and, with Lee Whiddett, Eusha Fawad, Corey Rushton, Matt Rushton, Anush Ganesh and Fawad Kaiser all contributing double-figure scores, it was left to Taha (12 not out) to hit a six and a four to win the game with 1 wicket & 2 overs remaining.

A similarly enjoyable match was played out at Bradfield where the home side were bowled out for 182, with wickets for Martin Alcock (3-23), Ben Mann (3-22), Rob Mackintosh (2-6), James Alcock (1-19) and Harry Ryan (1-22) and a half-century for Bradfield’s Steve Bidewell. Paul Stevens scored 32 and Olly Leinster 12 but the class of Joey Greenslade and Mann was the difference between the sides in the end. Joey scored 50 (retired) and Ben 47 leaving father-and-son James & Martin Alcock to hit the winning runs in the 31st over.