A & B Teams Defy the Rain
Senior Weekend Round-Up (Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th May)
With the very unseasonal weather again playing havoc with the cricket programme, the A and B Teams both somehow managed to get a game in last Saturday and both were rewarded with convincing victories. The First Team have been unable to complete any of their opening 3 matches and, despite hanging around in the rain hoping for some reduced-over action, it was not to be. It was a similar story for the C Team at the UEA but at least they have completed – and won – one game while visitors Hingham A haven't managed a single minute of competitive action.
Given the conditions it was always going to be a good toss to win for any team that managed to start and so it proved, A Team skipper Simon Woods calling correctly, inviting Thetford A to bat then seeing them struggle to 99-9 off 40 overs. Father and son duo, Dale and Kyle Weston (1-32) took the first 4 wickets, Dale's figures of 3-21 off 6 overs, including the wicket of top-scorer Alistair Newey, bowled for 29. Rob Sims took a wicket and conceded only 8 runs of his 6 overs while Paul Stearman (6-2-12-1) also kept things tight at Thetford really struggled. It was left to Matt Henderson (3-0-13-2) and Josh Wright (3-0-3-1) to finish things off.
The early loss of openers Richard Wood (8) and Jonathan Ellse (13), both dismissed by Ray Smeed (6-1-14-2) emphasised that chasing down a comparatively low score was not going to be easy but, although Kai Wilkinson-Loines also departed for 12, Nick Aston (39 not out) and Josh Wright (19 not out) saw Melton to, in the end, a comfortable victory in the 22nd over.
Melton's B Team and Brooke B had their patience rewarded as a wait of 3 hours saw them able to play a game reduced to 25 overs per side. Bravely, Melton skipper Eusha Fawad did not ask the opposition to bat first having won the toss but it looked a very good decision as openers Imaad Khalid and Woody Loines set about Brooke with some conviction. Imaad completed his half-century and Woody got 31 before a slight collapse but a late burst from Aidan Brand (18) and Marcus Mawby (12) saw Melton to a competitive 132-8. Phil Carver took 2-26 for the home side.
Brooke's reply never quite got going after a 3-wicket burst from opening bowler Mawby (5-0-22-3) whose figures would have been even more impressive had it not been for the 9 wides! Matt Carver (15), Richard Keeler (16) and Richard Hayman (15) all made mid-teen contributions but no batsman was able to play a match-winning innings as wickets fell regularly. Kyle Mason (1-25), Anush Ganesh (2-10), Fawad Kaiser (1-20) and Matt Rushton (2-24) retained the upper hand as Brooke finished 18 runs short on 114-9.
With the As & Bs having played 2 won 2 and the Cs having won their only game so far all 3 teams are sitting pretty in the top 2 of their respective divisions. Early day yet, though!
The Sunday friendly at home to Great Ellingham and the Women's National T20 match at Colchester also fell victim to the rain. Oh for some sunshine!