A Team beat the Rain…and Mundford
Rain affected Great Melton’s matches last weekend with the First Team’s game at Bungay abandoned after 16 overs with the home side on 75-2 but Great Melton A’s patience was rewarded at Melton Park where, after a long wait, they beat Mundford by 4 wickets in a match reduced to 20-overs-per-side. Caitlin Ellis took 3-27 and Woody Loines 2-18 as Mundford, electing to bat first, posted a decent enough total of 155-5 thanks mainly to 60 from Kyle Croucamp, 33 from Michael Bassett and 20s from Ryan Taylor and Kieron Long. Ryan Hayward and Kyle Weston then proved to be the unlikely batting heroes in Melton As’ reply. First with Woody Loines (19) then with Paul Stearman (23), Hayward took the score to 79-3 with a good 45 leaving Weston (31not out) and skipper Simon Woods (16 not out) to finish the job with 2 balls to spare.
The B Team also managed to beat the rain but not Drayton who won comfortably by 9 wickets to keep Melton B firmly entrenched at the bottom of the Norfolk League Division 2E. It was a much-improved batting display by Matt Rushton’s team, however, with Eusha Fawad scoring a half-century, Michael Wormstone 36, Rushton 31 and Anush Ganesh 18 as Melton reached 182-7, their highest score of the season. An early wicket gave Melton hope but an unbroken second-wicket partnership of 160 between Andy Hawes and Keith Hunt ensured there would be no victory celebrations for Melton. Hawes (106 not out) reached his century and Hunt remained unbeaten on 47.
With Town Close unavailable the C Team entertained Ketteringham Hall at Attleborough Academy but, having agreed to a reduced 30-overs-per-side match, only 4.4 overs were possible. Melton, having been put into bat, were already struggling at 13-2 when another hour’s rain made the pitch unplayable.