Icing on the Cake for Leo’s 500th
Great Melton 92/0 (21 pts) beat Swardeston 89 a/o (3 pts) by 10 wickets in the Mid Norfolk Sunday League Shield Premier Division
The tables were well and truly turned as Melton’s Funday X1 utterly dominated this Sunday Premier League fixture to beat rivals Swardeston by 10 wickets.
Unavailability certainly restricted the visitors’ selection which included a good number of youngsters, but Melton produced a professional performance to cap a good day, and help Melton stalwart Leo de Salis celebrate his 500th club match in style.
Aslam may have been surprised to see his first ball fly past him for a boundary, but he took his revenge taking a caught and bowled third ball to remove James Thacker, following that up with a wicket off the 5th ball for a solid start.
Leo joined the party by cleaning up Alliance Premier League player Sam Thelwell to leave the visitors reeling on 3 for 4 off 2 overs.
Blake Bowden (13) and Ben Hogg (20) put together a decent partnership before Leo notched his 675th victim, with Connor Stearman juggling, then holding onto a skier from Bowden at point. Marcus Mawby proved slightly erratic before getting Hogg smartly snaffled behind by Tom Coleman.
Tim Hales brought himself on to open the game up, but ending up taking 3 for 8. Sam Mann bowled a full 8 over spell, bagging himself his 30th Melton wicket in the process and, in the end, Swardeston struggled to 89, with young Tom Chambers and Thomas Mayers also making double figures.
Sam Mann (59*) and Connor Stearman (26*) were both in need of runs after slim pickings to start the season, and were invited to lead the chase. Sam was particularly stylish and assured, and even cover drove Thelwell for 6 to bring up his 17th Melton half-century with aplomb.
This was an enjoyable afternoon, and a good way to get the Funday season up and running. There will be tougher challenges ahead, especially Thetford on June 4th, but a win, even against a weakened Swardeston, is always worth savouring.