EUSHA’s B Team Set a Hot pace
Senior Weekend Round-Up: Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd May
For the 4th week in succession rain played havoc with last weekend’s fixtures but Eusha Fawad’s B Team continue to defy the elements and the opposition and are setting a hot pace in Norfolk League Division 3SE with a third victory. On a wet wicket at the UEA Ketteringham Hall A were bowled out for 99 but they did manage to bat for the full 45 overs, Graham Sibley and Jason Utting top-scoring with 21 and 20 respectively. The wickets were shared around with Taha Raja (2-18) and Matt Rushton (2-10) grabbing two apiece and one each for Sudeep Athanti (6-2-7-1), Kyle Mason (9-2-16-1) and Zef Ishtiaq (5-0-10-1), making a welcome return after 5 years away. The in-form Imaad Khalid then notched another fifty before Lee Whiddett and Chris McKay, both unbeaten on 21, saw Melton maintain their position at the top of the table with a 9-wicket win.
Bradenham did the ‘double’ over Melton 1st Team when both were promoted from Alliance Division 3 in 2019, and they continued their dominance last Saturday winning by 53 runs. Jeff Turner (60) and Will Dewing (60) both hit half-centuries as the home side scored what was, in the conditions, a challenging score of 220 all out. Skipper Richard Waddell took 4-38 and there were 2 wickets each for Ben Mann (2-43) and Nick Mackenzie (2-42) but both were a little expensive and Melton’s fielding left much to be desired as, according to the skipper, “Bradenham scored 50 more than they should have done”. In reply, Melton looked well on course to reach their target with the top three batsmen, Mann (25), Lohit Kannan (41) and Connor Stearman (39) all making good contributions but the momentum was lost once they were out and the innings fell away, four run outs contributing to a disappointing 167 all out. Will Dewing took 3-29 to earn the man-of-the-match plaudits.
The A Team and Mundford agreed to reduce the overs to 30 at Melton Park and fifties from Robin Yates (50) and Kieron Long (58) plus 3-11 from Matt Henderson and 1-13 off 6 overs from Kyle Weston were the highlights of the Mundford innings. The visitors scored 134 but further rain on an already soaked wicket and outfield made further play impossible and the match was abandoned.
The C Team travelled to East Harling to play Old Buckenham B only to find, on arrival, that the game had been called off in mid-morning. Frustratingly it was the C’s third straight washout.
With player availability continuing to hold up well, another Sunday friendly was arranged at South Walsham. Melton batted first but only Joe Greenslade (28), Dom Evans (15) and Taha Raja (20) looked comfortable in the conditions and Melton slipped to 100-9 until a last wicket partnership between Harry Ryan (21 not out) and Fraser Evans (10) on his senior debut, got Melton to 135. South Walsham reached their target comfortably for the loss of 3 wickets thanks to and unbeaten 55 from skipper Paul Woods and 30 from Robert Bean. Ian Arnold, back in a Melton shirt after many years away, was the pick of the bowlers with 1-20 from his 7 overs.
The Ladies were in action in the ECB National T20 but suffered a 10-wicket defeat at home to Mildenhall. Cassie Mawby (12), Millie Wimhurst (11) and Abby Dye (10) made double-figure scores in Melton’s 66-6 but Sophie Hughes (35) and Maddie Reynolds (26) knocked off the runs in the 9th over.
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