It was hoped that the Firsts, at home to fellow strugglers Saham Toney, could build on their previous good performance at Mattishall and gain their first win of the season but it wasn’t to be as the batting fell apart again. Melton were bowled out for 158, Matt Clarke (36) and Richard Waddell (29) top scoring just as they’d done the previous week. It was never likely to be enough at Melton Park. Adie Wood hit an unbeaten 71 as visitors scored 162-3 to win in the 38th over although spinners Joe Bickel (9-3-19-1) and Aaron Garner (6-2-12-0) bowled well for Melton.
The As made the long trip to Lowestoft but returned home with a convincing 114-run win. Jason Whiddett (55), Joey Greenslade (31), Sam Mann (39), Marcus Mawby (27) and James Robb (32 not out) all made good contributions with the bat as Melton totalled 232-9 before dismissing Lowestoft A for 118, Rob Sims taking 5-9 in 9 overs on his return to his old club and James Robb 3-28.
With availability very good, B Team skipper Matt Rushton, surprisingly omitted himself from the team that took on East Harling at Town Close but, with Phil Bugg at the helm, the team bowled out Harling for just 96 before reaching their target for the loss of 3 wickets. 15-year-old Saxon Earley took 4-35 and scored 36 not out to take the man-of-the-match honours but there were other good performances notably from Nick Gristwood (10-3-23-3), Kyle Weston (8-4-10-2) and Ryan Hayward (7-3-9-1) with the ball and Lee Whiddett (20 not out) who added 61 with Saxon for the 4th wicket.
Caitlin Ellis, with 7-15, was the star of the C Team’s victory over Hethersett & Tas Valley. See separate match report.
The Club’s Beer Festival weekend began on Friday evening with Patron Sir Edward Evans-Lombe cutting the ribbon to officially open Melton’s new net practice facility which has been installed following grants from the ECB, the Norfolk Community Foundation Saracen’s Fund, Aviva Community Fund and the Norwich Organ Donors’ Committee plus personal donations and the club’s own fund raising which continued on Saturday night with an evening of music (provided by the Cream Horns), food and beer of course!
The weekend was completed by a Sixes Tournament on the Sunday in which 8 team competed. It was won by Nuddy’s Six, captained by Horsford’s Tom Nudd, who defeated Bunwell in the final. The plate winners were ‘Chalky’s Six’ – made up of last year’s Great Melton U19 side.
The weekend raised over £2000 towards the club’s running costs and it’s next project which will be to work with the Village Hall Management Committee to install additional ladies’ toilets in the pavilion.