Weekend Round-Up: Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th August

With the previous week’s defeat by Great Witchingham A ending Great Melton’s mini-revival and confirming relegation back to Division 3, Melton travelled to promotion-chasing Swaffham with little expectation of a shock result.  Having lost the toss and been bowled out for 118 in 36 overs, the result was as expected with the home side winning by 7 wickets.  Once again Melton’s brittle batting was their undoing with openers Lohit Kannan (0) and Richard Wood (2) and number 4 Tim Hales (1) all back in the pavilion with only 10 runs on the board.  Matt Clarke once again promised much with a 56-ball 24 but was unable to go on and it was left to First Team debutant, Connor Stearman, to provide some much-needed resistance, adding 40 with Clarke, 22 with Richard Waddell (5) and 26 with Luke Marchant (10).  The tail was simply blown away by Tony Exley who took 4-12 from his 3 overs with Stearman left high and dry on 59 not out as Melton struggled to 118, Mark Eagle (6-1-21-2) and David Annakin (9-1-37-2) the other main wicket-takers.  There was brief hope for Melton when the prolific Jasper Payne, a batsman with two centuries against Melton already this summer, was bowled by Waddell for nought in the first over but Alex Payne’s 68 plus 16 from Eagle and 18 from Lenderyou saw Swaffham to a comfortable win.

The A Team’s outside hopes of promotion were dealt a blow with defeat at home to Old Catton who batted very well to overhaul Melton’s 235-8 and win by 5 wickets.  Ben Mann scored 58, Lee Whiddett 35, Woody Loines 33 and Josh Wright 21 not out to help Simon Woods’ side post a competitive total but Catton responded positively to the challenge.  Former Melton junior Dominic Prime hit 70 and T.Quinton 79 as the visitors overhauled Melton’s total in the 42nd over.

It was another blank Saturday for the Cs but the Bs made it a hat-trick of defeats, losing by 90 runs at Garboldisham whose third team proved too strong for Melton’s thirds.  Leo DeSalis who took 5-25 for the Cs at Garboldisham the previous week was again the pick of the bowlers with 10-5-27-2.  Caitlin Ellis (10-2-49-0) and Aslam Mohammed (10-5-32-1) also bowled tidily and there was a wicket for Joseph Graves (8-0-39-1) but 65 from Toby Culling, 40 from Will Pearson and useful contributions from Eddie Thorne (26) and George Southgate (28 not out) saw the home side to 208-6.  Skipper-for-the-day Ryan Hayward made 37, Aslam 24, Eusha Fawad 19 and Peter Graves 11 but no other Melton batsmen reached double figures, with 5 mustering just 1 run between them, as Melton were dismissed for 118 in the 35th over, Philip Carr taking 3-23, Paul Feaveryear 2-21 and Thorne 2-8.

To complete a disappointing weekend the Sunday team lost at home to Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers despite a century from George Bunn.  Jordan Everett scored 87 and there were two wickets apiece for James Robb (8-4-33-2) and Chris Wright (6-0-29-2) in the visitors’ 213-5 but Melton’s scorecard had a very bizarre look about it!  At the top of the order George Bunn’s amazing innings saw him hit 13 fours and 6 sixes in a 93-ball 122 but no other batsman reached double figures and the next highest score was 9 as Melton were bowled out for 202 with two balls remaining.