GREAT MELTON SUNDAY A TEAM Beat ST.ANDREWS by 123 runs at Dussindale in a friendly
A strong Melton A time arrived at Dussingdale park to take on St Andrews on a pleasant summer afternoon. On arrival skipper Kevin Frazer realised he had forgotten both a score book and a wicket keeper. Alex Tonnison announced he had some wicket keeper gloves in his bag which instantly qualified him for the keepers role. Kevin Frazer ripped some pages out of the St Andres score book when they weren’t looking and we were all set for the game.
Melton lost the toss and were put into bat. A solid opening stand of 61 between Toby Carter (21) and Karl Harmer (45) gave the team a strong foundation. However first change bowler G. Ward applied the brakes returning figures of 8-0-14-3 and when Viv Sharma was out LBW when the ball seemed to hit high on the bat, Melton had been reduced to 109-4.
Beth Harmer (25), making her Melton senior cricket debt, then joined Fergus Spink (48), on his return to a Great Melton side, and they quickly added 75 for the 5th wicket before Fergus was bowled trying to accelerate. Beth surprised the St Andrews team who had brought the field in for ‘a girl’ as shehit a 4 straight back over the bowlers head causing the fielders to once again retreat.
Some quick runs at the end from Kevin Frazer (14) and AlexTonnison (28 from 15 balls) posted a massive 239 for 9 in the 40 overs.
Kyle Mason (5-2-8-0) and Marcus Mawby opened the ball but Marcus was straight away into a sulk when told we were not using a new ball for each innings and he had to bowl with the same ball Melton had just bashed about. Despite a lot of muttering from fine leg this did not impact his bowling as he clean bowled 3 of the first 4 batsman for figures of 4-1-3-3. He had to be removed from the attack for bowling too well, maybe he should use an old ball more often.
The rest of the Melton bowlers bowled tidily P. Frazer 7-0-35-1, B.Harmer 4-0-9-0, V.Sharma 4-1-9-2, K. Frazer 5-1-16-1 and T. Carter 4-0-14-2 before Tom Smith bowled the last batsman with only his second ball leaving St Andrews all out for 106. Special mention for Alex Tonnison’s fine display behind the stumps conceding only 12 byes in an unfamiliar role.