Great Melton Sunday A team (165 / 6) beat Eaton Sunday (164 / a.o.) by 1 run at Melton Park
The Sunday A team continued its unbeaten start to their programme, whilst blooding more young talent, with an enjoyable match against old friends Eaton at a resplendent, and dry, Melton Park.
Batting first, the aim was to lay a platform from with to launch a competitive total. James Harvey (15) joined Leo de Salis (44) for the first 7 overs before failing to judge the fielder’s arm and running himself out. Lohit (4) hung around for a further 8 overs as his senior partner struggled with a lack of pace on the ball and off the pitch. Kai Wilkinson – Loines (14) played the supporting role in a 59 run 3rd wicket partnership off 14 overs as the hosts looked to up the run rate, before Leo got an inside edge and played on whilst looking well set for a half century retirement. He had, however, done enough for the lower middle order to push on to a good score.
Phil Bugg (6)– playing his first game for 8 years – gave way to the stylish Ben Granville (16) who peppered the off side with an array of sumptuous drives, before being run out. Matt Rushton (26*) – timing the ball from the off – and James Bridges (3*) saw Melton over the 160 mark. In the spirit of friendlies, Eaton used 8 bowlers, who shared the wickets.
Kyle Mason (2/12) started with 2 maidens and conceded just 5-1 off his first 5 overs of Eaton’s reply. J Spinks though had the bit between the teeth, and was soon bludgeoning his way to a very good 50 before deciding to retire and let others have a go, James Bridges and Kev Ellis taking most of the punishment, as, initially, did Sam Johnson before a change in batsman.
That change brought the prolific scourge of many a meeting, Michael Barker to the crease. Fresh from a century off just 16 overs in Saturday’s league match, he looked to settle in, but found Sam’s left arm spin bamboozling and could only dolly up a simple catch to square leg for 6. A legend was born.
R Spinks tried to replicate his brother’s efforts, blasting 28 but with only P Maund (21) able to offer resistance to the precise bowling of James Harvey (4/20), Eaton’s reply stumbled and stalled. The performances of Ben Granville, Caitlin Ellis –affecting a finger tip run out, and Lohit, bowling at the end of the innings, cannot be underestimated, particularly once J Spinks (71*) returned to the crease to try to push the visitors over the line. Requiring 12 off the last two overs, they fell just one short as the field spread to protect the boundary.
This was a fantastic performance and a thoroughly enjoyable game from which many would have learnt how to build and defend a total over a 40 over game.