Hail, Rain, an injury & A 12-Year-Old Stealing the Show – just a normal start to the season.
Senior Weekend Round-Up: Saturday 1st to Monday 3rd May
The first weekend of the league season brought disappointment for Great Melton 1st Team with their match at home to Martham rained off with Melton in a strong position but, with the club’s other 3 teams all winning, it will go down as a very good start. The 2nd wicket partnership of 82 between Ben Mann (66), and Chris Greenslade (49) laid the foundation for the 1st Team but there were good contributions from the middle-order, particularly Martyn Cook (19), Joe Greenslade (19) and Tim Hales (15) before skipper Richard Waddell’s 44 not out saw them to a decent 40-over total of 251-8. Waddell (4-0-12-0) and Alex Haverson (6-1-16-0) then kept things tight before 2 quick wickets for Joe Barker (2-9) left Martham on 38-2 in the 13th over before the rain came.
An injury to Matt Clarke, who dislocated his shoulder whilst fielding, took the shine off the A Team’s 5-wicket victory at Lowestoft. Clarke spent the afternoon at the James Paget Hospital and Melton spent the rest of the game with 10 players but they finally overhauled the home side’s modest 167-4 in the 38th over. A century 3rd-wicket stand between Herath Wijajarathne, with 66 and Charlie Duckmanton (58), was the main feature of the Lowestoft innings after Kyle Weston (8-3-24-2) had removed both openers. Dale Weston (8-3-15-0) bowled his usual miserly spell and it was good to see Paul Stearman back in action and, although there were no wickets for Rob Sims against his former club, he did snap up a catch off Josh Wright to finally dismiss Duckmanton. Richard Wood (28) and Jonathan Ellse (10) got Melton off to a steady start before Sam Mann took over, hitting a fine 68. Stearman and Kyle Weston both added 18 as Melton won in the 38th over.
The B Team, returned to the UEA after several years away and, with the wicket a rather unknown quantity, skipper Eusha Fawad asked visitors Bungay A to bat first, having won the toss. The game followed a similar pattern to the A Team match with Bungay scoring 164-7 and Melton finally reaching their winning total in the 37th over for the loss of 6 wickets. Kyle Mason only conceded 14 runs in his 8-over spell and there were 2 early wickets for Marcus Mawby (2-24) but Bungay skipper Dave Fuller held the innings together, scoring 69 before Anush Ganesh (2-18), Chris McKay (2-19) and Fawad Kaiser (1-33) made inroads into the Bungay batting and ensured Melton would be chasing a relatively modest total. There was an early wicket for Bungay with the dismissal of Woody Loines for 8 but Imaad Khalid scored 38 and McKay 26 in a partnership of 55 before Aidan Brand’s unbeaten 53 and Eusha Fawad’s 27 brought victory for Melton.
The Alcock brothers, James and George, making their senior league debuts, were the stars of the show at Eye against Diss B. George, just 12 years’ old, scored a terrific unbeaten 38 off just 40 balls while left-armer James (13) took 3-37 plus a catch in Melton’s 53-run victory. Proud dad, Martin, was not completely outshone, though, playing his part with 1-24 in a good 8-over spell. In fact it was a real team effort with all Melton’s batsmen reaching double figures. Paul Stevens was top-scorer with 44 but Clive Gristwood (19), Steve Phoenix (16), Harry Ryan (11), Duncan Greenslade (18) and Oli Leinster (16 not out) all contributed to Melton’s 189-5. Number 10 Jack Hammond (27 not out) and Oscar Skilleter (23) were the Diss youngsters who impressed the most with the bat but a combination of the father-and-son Alcock, father-and-daughter Greenslade, plus Liam Stevens meant that Diss were bowled out for 136 in the 35th over in rather cold, damp and dismal conditions. There were 2 wickets apiece for Alice Greenslade (2-22), Duncan Greenslade (2-27) and Stevens (2-23) who showed good control in his 8-over spell.
On Bank Holiday Monday it was the battle of the Meltons with the ladies in action in Suffolk, playing Melton St Audrys in the National Women’s Club Cup. The home side, asked to bat first, scored 133-3 in their 20 overs with E.Booker scoring 55 and I.Green 33. Rachael Hustler (1-13) and Abbie Dye (1-5) were the Melton wicket-takers. With the home side’s bowlers keeping things tight Great Melton’s girls couldn’t quite score at a fast enough rate and, although they lost only 3 wickets, finished on 83, 50 runs short of St Audrys’ total. It was a good effort though, with Hannah Brook hitting 21, Rheanna Starr 14 and Millie Wimhurst 13 not out.
To view the weekend's scorecards click here: https://greatmelton.play-cricket.com/Matches