Four Wins out of five as the sun shines At last
With summer at last making an appearance, Great Melton's senior teams made the most of the glorious sunny weather with almost a clean sweep of victories. Only the C Team lost but four out of five aint bad as the season finally got into gear with wins for the 1st, A, B and Sunday teams. The firsts, at home to Garboldisham A, made 219-7 batting first with a maiden senior fifty from Lohit Kannan and 54 from Chris Greenslade giving them a good start following the early loss of Ben Mann (4). All the later batsmen made double figures with the main contribution being Martyn Cook's 32, as Melton set a challenging total on a still-damp wicket. James Worby, with 4-38 from his 8 overs, was Garboldisham's most effective bowler. Rob Mackintosh (6-2-17-0) bowled a good opening spell but missed catches threatened to affect Melton's chances and, with Henry Youngson (64) and Worby (46) at the crease, Garby were in the match. Once they were out, though, the innings fell away and there were 4 wickets for Joe Greenslade (8-1-28-4) and 3 for Alex Haverson (8-0-35-3) as Garboldisham were dismissed for 172.
Swardeston-CEYMS, at Hilltops, surprisingly elected to bat first against Great Melton A and found it a struggle. James Cross, with 20 and Antony Raywood, with 31, were their top scorers as they totalled just 107-9 from their 40 overs, Rob Sims taking 4-30, Kyle Weston 2-11 and Matt Henderson 2-8. Richard Wood anchored Melton's reply with 40 not out and despite losing Woody Loines (0), Dom Evans (10) and Nick Aston (16), Matt Rushton steered Melton home in the 28th over with 32 not out.
Although the B' lost in-form Imaad Khalid for a duck against Colney at Eaton CNS, they recovered well to score 149-9 in quite difficult conditions. Chris McKay top-scored with 41 and there were good contributions from Ryan Hayward (26) and Joseph Graves (24) with Colney skipper Ben Carding taking 3-28 and Robin Wintle 2-31. Kyle Mason (10-3-18-1) dismissed opener Nick Butcher and, with Graves (9-3-17-0), kept things tight early on but McKay also starred with the ball, taking 3-2 in 4 overs. Two wickets for Fawad Kaiser (2-26) and one for Corey Rushton (1-21) saw Colney restricted to 100-8 and Melton's 49-run win keeps them top of the Norfolk League Division 3SE.
The Cs had a quick return with Diss B who they had beaten in their only game completed so far but this time it was a different story. Electing to bat after winning the toss and, despite a fifty from opener Paul Stevens (54) Melton struggled to a below-par 129 from their 40 overs, Jim Wimhurst contributing 20 not out. James Alcock then bowled Ben Hammond with the first ball of the innings but the Skilleter brothers Harry (46) and Oscar (20) batted sensibly. Liam Stevens gave Melton hope by removing both in a spell of 4-15 but Andrew Payne's unbeaten 30 saw Diss to victory in the 32nd over.
The Sunday Team completed a bumper weekend with a 100-run victory over Acle. Skipper Joe Greenslade scored 85 not out and brother Chris 56 while Dom Evans notched his first half-century for the club as Melton totalled 225-7 before bowling Acle out for 125. The wickets were shared between Sam Mann (3-12), Joseph Graves (2-19), Taha Raja (2-19), Ben Mann (2-29) and Michael Farmer (1-6).