GREAT MELTON SUNDAY A TEAM beat CRUSADERS by 6 wickets at Melton Park in a Friendly Match.
Sunday friendlies are designed to give players a game, and enjoy the surroundings. Melton did their best in the first friendly of the season, with Kyle Weston making his senior debut, and the rugby players of nearby Crusaders enjoying the lovely setting of Melton Park.
Kyle opened the bowling with the more experienced Connor White, but was far from out shadowed by the bustling prospect. They shared maidens, with Kyle capturing Ian Beardworth for naught, caught at slip by captain Kevin Fraser, for his first senior wicket. There are sure to be many more to follow.
Samson was given a chance to spin his web from the dove cot end, and was unfortunate to have the big tree too close at square leg, and first C Byrne (29), and then B Patterson (29) peppered the branches, despite producing some fine deliveries. Finlay Hughes took over from the Pavilion end, starting with three maidens before spoiling his figures in the fourth over, with a wide and a single. His five over spell of left arm seam proved too good for the part-timers, ending with superb figures of 3 wickets for 2 runs off 5 overs. Kev Fraser tried to open the game up, before throwing the ball to Leo De Salis. Reverting to off spin after 4 balls, in which time Tony Alborough took his 199th career catch, Melton’s all-time leading wicket taker extended his record to 635 with two more strikes in his two over spell. There was still enough time for Fergus Hughes and James Robb to take one wicket a-piece, as the visitors finished on 139.
Fergus and Tony were cautious in the opening overs, building a nice little partnership of 38 off 8 overs, in which the Prince hit only 1 boundary, whilst seeing off the opening bowlers. Tony (15) then holed out under the tree. Fergus (41) put on a further 33 with James Robb, before giving Knight his second wicket, a tough return catch. Duncan Fraser, playing his first game in 18 years, came and went in the same over, whilst James (19) also gave a return catch, this time to Patterson. Clive Gristwood (20) was joined by the hard hitting Connor White (40) and the pair added 56 to move Melton from 84 to the 140 target in just 34 deliveries to avoid the rain clouds.