A century for Sam!
Senior Weekend Round-Up:Saturday 24th July
A superb century from 15-year-old Sam Davey that helped the B Team to a 116-run win over Ketteringham Hall A, was the undoubted highlight of a Saturday that brought two wins and two defeats for Great Melton's teams. Young Sam, who hadn't even scored a half-century before last weekend, barely gave a chance as he carried his bat for a quite magnificent knock containing a plethora of fine strokes. With only 8 boundaries on the slow outfield, he certainly had to work hard for his runs as he became the youngest-ever Melton player to score a senior ton. It was good to see B Team skipper, Eusha Fawad also among the runs as it's been a lean season by his standards. His 43, together with Mark Hosmer's 35 and Sam's fine effort allowed Melton to reach 212-3. The B Team's other youngsters then took over, Ben Johnson (7-1-19-2), Charlie Hosmer (5-2-11-2), James Alcock (5-0-14-1) and Alice Brand (5-1-17-1), with a little help from Fawad Kaiser (1-10) and Martin Alcock (1-16), dismissing the home side for 96 in the 32nd over.
The Firsts could have done with a ‘Sam' to bat a few overs as, for the second week in succession, Melton's batting collapsed. A combination of good bowling, especially from Bradenham's Will Dewing who took 5-19 in 8 overs, plus some rather reckless shots, saw Melton dismissed for 105 chasing 222. Chris Greenslade looked good for a time, scoring a brisk 32 and Tim Hales (16) and Kyle Weston (14) showed a bit of resistance towards the end but, once again, Bradenham proved a little too good for Melton. Melton looked well in the game when Rich Waddell (1-21), Dom Evans (2-38) and Joe Greenslade (1-16) combined to remove the top four Bradenham batsmen but a stubborn and hard-hitting partnership between Josh Watts and the talented Dewing swung the game back in the visitors' favour. Ben Mann (3-15) came on to remove Watts for 43 and Dewing for 76 and Chris Greenslade accounted for the tail in a 6.5 over spell that brought him 3-26 but Bradenham's 40-over total of 222 all out proved more than enough.
Melton A continued their promotion push with victory at Mundford. Richard Wood scored 62 and Nick Aston 63 and there were useful contributions for Jonathan Ellse (16) and Kai Wilkinson-Loines (20) as Melton made 218-6, Chris Long (2-39) and Daniel White (2-20) taking two wickets apiece for the home side. Robin Yates, Chris Long, White, Jay Yates and Chris Brown all reached the 20s for Mundford but wickets kept falling as they finished 38 runs short on 180-9. The wickets were shared between Dale Weston (2-45), Matt Rushton (2-32), Matt Henderson (2-22), Kyle Mason (1-28) and Joe Bickel (1-13).
The C Team had two young senior debutants, Blade Earley and Evan Mercer in the team to play Hardingham and, with resources stretched this week, had to call on old stagers, Leo DeSalis and Chris Brook to help out. Young Blade didn't concede a bye as Hardingham scored 193-7, with Liam Stephens taking 3 wickets and Millie Wimhurst 2. Melton finished 55 runs short of Hardingham's total but Evan batted well, skipper Duncan Greenslade scored a gritty 35, Blade hit 18, Leo 17 as the Cs lasted the full 45 overs, totalling 138-9.
Sadly both of Sunday's senior games were called off because Melton's opponents couldn't raise a team. General unavailability and the current Covid pingdemic seems to have been the cause of Topcroft Ladies' and Caister's problems.