GREAT MELTON SUNDAY A TEAM lost to THETFORD SAXONS by 84 runs at Shadwell in a friendly.
A youthful Great Melton Sunday A team took on Thetford Saxons at Shadwell Stud near Thetford. Melton won the toss and asked Saxons to make first use of the strip. Melton got off to a great start with Craig Wilson having the opening bat caught behind first ball. However there were no more early wickets but tight bowling from Wilson and Alex Tonnison kept the score down to two an over for the first 10 overs. Peter Frazer’s leg spin was introduced and the change rewarded with a wicket in his first over. Adam Green, playing his first game in several years, looked sharpe at the other end and bowled 4 tidy overs. Another wicket for Frazer left Saxons 60-3 at halfway.
Beth Hammer came on with 5 accurate overs of medium pace whilst Fergus Hughes replaced Peter Frazer to keep up the leg spin from one end. The Thetford batsman decided it was time to go on the attack but despite being hit for several sixes Hughes kept his composure and picked up 4 wickets leaving Saxons on 110-8. The last two wickets proved hard to shift as fast bowlers Kyle Mason and Toby Carter bowled the remaining overs and Thetford got to 154 all out in the 39th over.
After tea Kevin Frazer and Toby Carter opened the batting. Frazer was given out lbw to the third ball but as it had clearly hit his bat the Saxon team asked him back, although the cricketing gods clearly did not approve and he was out for 4 a few overs later. At the other end Carter and Tim Goff also fell cheaply leaving Melton struggling on 14-3.
Beth Hammer then went in and was given out caught down the leg side first ball. Again the Saxon team applied a DRS ruling and invited her back as it was considered to have hit her thigh pad not bat. She then had a good partnership with Fergus Hughes before they both went in quick succession. In between Liam Hughes, who had earlier kept wicket, called a very a quick single before remembering half way down the wicket that he was not actually Usain Bolt and ran him self out.
From then on it was wickets aplenty and Great Melton could only muster 60 all out to lose by 84 runs.