A dislocated knee suffered by Harry Ryan led to the abandonment of Great Melton U15s South Norfolk Community League match at Mundford with 5.2 overs remaining. Harry was enjoying an excellent match having snaffled two brilliant catches and taken a wicket for 1 run from his first over but, in his second over, he attempted to change direction as he reached he crease in an effort to prevent the non-striking batsman from backing up too far, and his knee buckled from under him. An ambulance was called and, with Harry spread-eagled on the pitch, there was no chance of further play. A two-hour wait ensued but he was eventually whisked off to hospital. Thankfully the knee re-located and, hopefully, there is no lasting damage with Harry, complete with knee brace, back at Melton Park last Friday.
Things had started so well for Melton with Lohit Kannan and Charlie Green both scoring fifties – for Charlie it was his maiden half-century and also included his first-ever six! Ben Johnson was unbeaten on 18 as Melton totalled 166-1. Ella Dye (1-5), Lohit (1-6), Henry Marsh (1-11) and Harry (1-2) then reduced Mundford to 43-4 before the late drama.
A big thank-you Robin Yates and other members of Mundford Cricket Club who, not only offered superb support and care during the long wait for the ambulance but also sportingly agreed to allow the result to be recorded as a win for Melton under the SNCL’s ‘Duckworth-Lewis’ rules. Thanks also to Rebekah Marsh whose quiet reassurance and medical training proved invaluable.