Drayton A 133 / 9 beat Great Melton Sunday A 132 / ao
Great Melton’s Sunday A team lost by the tightest of margins in this highly competitive friendly match at King George V Playing Field. With both sides fielding 6 youngsters, they were evenly matched and so it proved till the final over.
Leo de Salis (33) once again set about looking to establish a solid platform, this time accompanied by Becky Greenslade (5). The Melton stalwart lost his opening partner with the score on 18. Wicket keeper batsman Kai Wilkinson-Loines (6) joined him at the crease, and they set about attacking the bowling. De Salis though will feel he missed out falling to a full stretched dive at first slip, with the score on 51. Phil Bugg (0) hit a waist high full toss to backward square leg and was caught on the boundary whilst awaiting a ‘no-ball’ call which did not come. Oli Leinster (3) added a few to nudge the total to 58 when Kai was bowled by Wells. Duncan Greenslade (2) was the middle order hope to push the game on, but was also felled by Rahul.
Caitlin Ellis (10) looked nervous as she strode the long way out to the middle, but the way in which the ball was whipped off her pads and sped back to the boundary belied her inner fears. James Bridges (0) drove hard, but almost straight back to the bowler Robinson who clung on for a smart return catch. Melton were now struggling at 71 for 7. Kev Ellis (32*) took the game by the scruff of the neck, deciding to make the most of his first chance to bat this season. Initially guided by his daughter, then in tandem with equally hard swinging Kyle Mason (14), Kev hit his first runs for 4, added 3 more boundaries, and 2 arcing maximums as he swung the bowling to most parts. Kyle Weston (4) was able to make just one scoring shot, but did help the score up to 132, and gave the bowlers something to protect. Rahul’s 5 overs of off spin conceded just 12 runs for his 4 wickets.
The two Kyles shared the new ball, and were hit for just 8 off their combined opening 10 over spell, with Mason picking up his scalp, bowling Haystead (1). Caitin Eills (0/19) initially maintained the tight lines before suffering a back injury and losing both confidence and line. James Bridges started with a maiden, but found that his extra pace meant any contact flew a little quicker to the boundary, with 21 coming off his next 4. D Springall (23) and K Hunt (28) making inroads in the chase. Duncan Greenslade’s (4/21) ‘golden arm’ nickname was resurrected as he struck first ball, and even induced D Matthewson (7) to pick out daughter Becky at mid wicket. Kev Ellis (1/23) bowled K Wright in his 3rd over, and left the hosts on 81 for 6 off 28 overs. It was now down to Jon Kay (27*) to manage the lower order, whilst picking off the runs.
With James (2/30) returning to complete his overs, he cleaned up Robinson and Rahul in consecutive deliveries to leave the game in the balance at 117 off 36. 16 were required off the last 4. Kyle Mason (1/12) finished his miserly spell with only one boundary scored. Kyle Weston had completed his spell earlier with an equally impressive 1/17 off his 8.
Kay had his own agenda, and steered the game in Drayton’s favour with just 4 balls remaining.
The visitors ground fielding, led by Oli Leinster, had been exemplary, which in combination with generally tight bowling, took a low scoring game all the way to the final over.
The next outing is Sunday 7th August at South Walsham.