Senior Round-Up – Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th August

It was a cause for celebration last weekend with all four of Great Melton’s Saturday teams winning – a rare occurrence, made all the sweeter because, for the C Team, it was a first victory of the season. The firsts chased down Swardeston/CEYMS’ total of 176-9 in 34 overs at Hilltops to record their 11th victory in 12 completed matches. Alex Rennie, making a welcome return to Melton after a season away, took 2-27 from 9 overs including the wickets of Swardeston’s top scorers, Lewis Gooderham (47) and Tom Snelling (21). Aslam Mohammed (2-22), Luke Marchant (2-42), Tom Grant (1-28), Richard Waddell (1-20) and Ben Mann (1-17) all got among the wickets as Melton’s varied attack proved too potent for the home side. There were a few anxious moments in Melton’s reply as the score went from 36-0 to 55-4 with Mann (20), Lohit Kannan (6), George Bunn (0) and Tim Hales (7) all dismissed by Blake Bowden (4-37) but Matt Clarke was then joined by Sam Mann and they took the score to 125 before Clarke went for 41. With Mann notching his fifty, he and skipper Waddell then steered Melton to a 5-wicket victory.

Swardeston/CEYMS 4th Team were on the end of a heavy defeat as Melton A enjoyed a run-fest in the sun at Melton Park, winning by 218. After the visitors elected to field their young bowlers came in for some heavy punishment as Connor Stearman, with a 71-ball 84 and Josh Wright with a 53-ball 72 achieved their highest senior scores. Kyle Weston weighed in with 41 and Matt Henderson 44 as Melton totalled a massive 304-7 before bowling out the visitors for 86. Tom Moye took 3-9, Kyle Weston 2-17, Rob Sims 2-24 and Kyle Mason 1-30. 

The B Team, struggling at the foot of Norfolk League Division 4SE, produced an excellent team performance to beat Rollesby by 79 runs and record only their second victory of the season. Chris McKay (37) and young Corey Rushton (18) got the innings off to a solid start with an opening stand of 64 allowing Eusha Fawad (14), Steve Phoenix (24), Aiden Brand (18) and Matt Rushton (19) to push the score to 166-8. Ben Johnson then struck 4 times in his opening 5 overs to leave the Rollesby reply in tatters. The evergreen Jimmy Catchpole provided some resistance but Johnson returned to bowl him for 34 and end the home side’s innings. Johnson’s 5-31 in 8.1 overs was the 14-year-old’s first senior ‘fifer’. Two other young bowlers, George Woodcock (5-2-13-2) and Charlie Green (7-2-13-1) also bowled very well with Fawad Kaiser (1-7) taking the other wicket. There was also an excellent stumping by Corey Rushton.

Victory has been a long time coming for the Cs but, after several near misses, it was finally achieved against Diss B at Town Close. As usual Melton’s total was built around the considerable contribution of Jonathan Ellse who scored 82 but Steve Clarke hit 25 and Jon Moxon 38 not out as Melton posted 174-4. Alice Greenslade, opening the bowling with Millie Wimhurst (5-1-18-0), then blew away the Diss top-order, taking 4-25 in her opening 5 over-spell. Her dad, Duncan, then took 2-20, Leo DeSalis 2-28 and Martin Alcock 1-20 plus 3 catches as Diss were dismissed for 135. Ravi Thirunavukarasu, Andrew Payne and Roger Buckenham threatened briefly for the visitors but none of them could get beyond 20.

The Ladies added to the feel-good factor by beating Winterton by 8-wickets with just 2 balls to spare. Rachael Hustler with 3-20 in 4 overs and Caitlin Ellis with 1-6 in her 4 were the stand-out bowlers as Winterton were restricted to 101-8, Peggy Tiramana scoring 31 not out and Frankie Harrison 28. Rebecca Greenslade (20) and Ellis (28 not out), helped secure victory aided by 47 ‘extras’.

The Mid-Norfolk Sunday side lost at Fakenham, though. Fakenham scored 212-6 in their 40 overs before bowling out Melton for 164.