Connor Impresses on Debut in Friendly Defeat
Great Melton C lost to Bacton by 17 runs at Bacton in a friendly
With a blank Saturday in the league, Melton C made 9 changes to the team that beat Brisley last weekend, including Connor Stearman making his senior debut. Connor didn't have to wait long before making his first contribution running out Bacton opener Salmon for 13 with a direct hit. Bacton defended well against Melton's bowling attack with runs being at a premium, some good fielding supporting the bowlers. Melton had plenty of bowling to choose from and the change bowlers turned the game in Melton's favour with Joe Bickel (7-0-16-3) being the pick. Peter Frazer (3.2-0-17-1) got his reward for a useful spell, bowling skipper Stringer around his legs to close the innings at 125 all out. Connor Stearman couldn't keep out of the action with a superb display of controlled bowling bringing a return of 3-2-5-2 including two wicket maidens. At tea, with an opportunity to give some of the youngsters an opportunity to bat, skipper Mally Howard changed the batting order and Melton started out on what should have been a routine task to score 126 in 40 overs on a flat track. Joe Bickel scored a patient 10 and Joe Greenslade batted for a long while to get 2 but, in the meantime, Melton's middle order came and went without too much fuss, leaving Graeme Button to carry the flag. Button top scored with 44 but, with only Tom Smith staying with him for any length of time, it looked as though he would need to stay in to nurse the tail through. This proved to be the case as, once he was caught out, Hayward was soon run out for 9 and despite Mason scoring a brisk 7, Melton were all out for 108, falling 17 runs short.
Bacton were excellent hosts and made this a thoroughly enjoyable game with their blend of youth and experience being more than a match for Melton's on the day. Connor Stearman was rightly chosen as Melton's man of the match and can look back upon this day as the start of his career.