First Team’s Batting Woes Continue
Senior Weekly Round-Up: Saturday 31st July & Sunday 1st August
The First Team’s batting woes continued last weekend as they slipped to their 3rd successive defeat at Garboldisham. Their all-out total of 92 was exactly half the 184-9 posted by the home club’s 2nd XI and it was a familiar story with 8 of Melton’s batmen failing to reach double figures, including four who failed to reach any figures at all! Only Dom Evans, with 36 off 81 balls, hung around for any length of time, with Matt Clarke (27) the only other batsmen to post a half-decent score, as 3 wickets each for George Southgate (3-15) and Daniel Philpott (3-11) and two from Rory Olpin (2-7) and Lewis Holden (2-27) saw Melton bowled out in the 34th over. Earlier Joe Bickel took 4-30, Rich Waddell 2-28 and Evans 2-33 as Garboldisham were restricted to 184, a total Melton should have been capable of chasing down. Like the Melton innings, the home side only had one batsman , Jack Stevenson (33), getting past 30 but they had several more batsmen chipping-in including Andrew Whstler (23), Olpin (17), James Worby (27), Luke Rackham (14) and Toby Culling (22). The bright spot for Melton was 16-year-old Joseph Graves who impressed on his 1st Team debut, conceding just 23 from his 8-over spell and taking two catches.
A heavy rain storm that delayed the start of the A Team’s match against Swardeston-CEYMS at Melton Park meant that the two teams agreed to play a T20 match. The visitors won the toss and elected to field and had early success with the wicket of skipper-for-the-day Nick Aston for a duck but the in-form Jonathan Ellse took the attack to Swardeston hitting 7 fours and 2 sixes in an almort run-a-ball 64. He was well supported, first by Steve Cadge, with 26, then by Sam Mann with 36 as Melton totalled 142-3 before restricting the visitors to 76-5. Paul Speakman (25) and Lawrence Williams (22) top-scored for Swardeston as Aston used 7 bowlers with Kyle Mason (3-0-4-1), Corey Rushton (4-0-9-0) and Matt Rushton (2-1-2-1), in particular, posting very economical bowling figures.
Steve Clarke played his first match of the season for the B Team against Colney at the UEA and his 44 helped the Bs to a challenging total of 143-6 having been asked to bat on the tricky UEA wicket. Ryan Hayward, with 31, Mark Hosmer, with 24 and Fawad Kaiser with 18 not out also made important contributions against the experienced Colney bowling attack. Stuart Thompson took 3-41 with a wicket each for Tim Stock (1-21), Simon Carding (1-28) and Robin Wintle (1-34). In reply Colney were bowled out for 109 with Michael Burrell (20) and Jack Dainty (21 not out) providing to most resistance to Melton’s youthful attack. Melton fielded 4 under 13s with Angus Lowder, on his debut, taking 2-21, Charlie Hosmer 2-18 and James Alcock 1-2 from 5 overs while the fourth, George Alcock, kept wicket well and took a catch to remove opening batsman, Thompson. Fawad Kaiser (10-3-15-2) and Martin Alcock (6-2-15-1) ensured it wasn’t all left to the youngsters as Melton won by 34 runs.
The Cs run of defeats continued against Garboldisham C who scored 244-9 and then bowled out Melton for just 91 to win by 153 runs. Dick Culling, with 45, and skipper Paul Feaveryear, with 51, provided to backbone to the home side’s innings but it looked like Melton would restrict Garboldisham to less than 200 as Alice Brand (10-1-30-3), Harry Ryan (7-0-37-2) and Paul Stevens (10-1-41-1) restored a bit of control after the home side’s quick start. However, youngsters Kyle Schooley (29) and James Davey (32) made the most of some loose bowling late-on. Melton’s reply never got going with only Stephens (26), Duncan Greenslade (10) and Alice Brand (15) posting double-figure scores as wickets were shared between 6 bowlers, James Davey (6-3-9-2) posting the most impressive figures.
Sunday Captain Joey Greenslade was still struggling for a side late on Friday but finally managed to get 11to face Acle at Melton Park. The visitors elected to bat first and 68 from Toby Adams, plus 49 from Sol Blazer, saw them reach 182 all out with James Alcock (2-9), James Robb (2-10) and Corey Rushton (2-36) all picking up 2 wickets. Despite Tim Hales (23), Matt Rushton (22) and Ben Mann (26) getting Melton off to a steady start none of them was able to go on, and the rest of Melton’s batting fell away. At 120-8 the game looked lost but the tail wagged a bit, James Alcock (17 not out), Harry Ryan (110 and Ben Johnson (12) added 44 for the last 2 wickets before Melton were finally all out for 164.