Great Melton Sunday A beat Crusaders by 91 runs at Melton Park in a friendly match.

A strong Melton Sunday A team took on Crusaders at Melton Park. There was the now traditional confusion at the start of the game. On this occasion Melton had managed to select 12 players for a game usually requiring only 11. Fortunately Crusaders were happy for a substitution rule to be introduced into the proceedings. However on the positive side there was much excitement when Clive announced Melton had remembered the score book for the first time in 3 matches.

With rain in the air Melton were put into bat. They got off to a flying start reaching 50 in the 8th over for the loss of only  1 wicket (T.Hales 11). With George Ducker at the crease the score moved rapidly along until he was caught behind on 44. With Leo de Salis (27) and Lee Whiddett (50 no) playing more carefully and some fine fielding from Crusaders then the run rate faltered with only 26 runs added during 11 dull overs in the middle of the innings. However with Lee picking up the pace and a quick cameo from skipper Kevin Frazer (17 no) Melton posted a respectable 190-6 off their 40 overs.

With the skies ever darkening Crusaders started their run chase but had opening bat Durrent clean bowled for a golden duck by Kyle Mason (5-0-13-1). With Marcus Mawby (6-0-13-1) also bowling well at the other end Crusaders were soon under pressure. From this point Melton went for an all spin approach. Once Peter Frazer (6-0-37-2) had got his first rusty over out of the way he bowled well removing the dangerous Worrall (33) with a good catch on the boundary by Marcus Mawby . George Ducker then took an amazing one handed catch for Frazer’s second wicket.

Neal Clarke bowled 3 tidy overs (3-0-10-1) before young spinners Tom Moye, on his debt and Fergus Hughes (2-0-8-0) took on the spinning duties. Moye bowled exceptionally well taking four quick wickets and ending with excellent figures of 4-1-7-4.

It just left Hughes to expertly run out the last Crusaders batsman with a good pick up and direct hit to leave them all out for 99 in 24 overs.

It was just as well as the heavens opened  shortly after.

Kevin Frazer

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