Melton Out-Gunned in Friendly
GREAT MELTON SUNDAY A TEAM lost to ST. ANDREWS by 7 wickets at Melton Park in a friendly match.
Great Melton, playing host to St Andrews in a Norfolk Friendly, Alliance match, suffered at the hands of Craig Wright and Andy Gregory whose unbroken 4th wicket partnership of 162 gave the visitors a 7-wicket victory.
Batting first, Melton openers Leo De Salis and Fergus Hughes, set about the gentle bowling with relish, scoring comfortably at 6 an over before Fergus was yorked for 15. Finlay soon followed him back to the pavilion. Connor White came and went after a breezy 14. The hosts were on 64 after just 10 overs. At the other end, Leo was imperiously compiling a measured and restrained half century, his third for Melton. After starting briskly, with 4 boundaries in his first 24 runs, he settled into a steady rhythm, rotating the strike regularly, as he and Kev Frazer (46) put on 105 for the 4th wicket in 20 overs. Dutifully retiring upon passing 50, Leo stuck to the spirit of the occasion and allowed some of Melton's young Sunday players an opportunity to bat. Unfortunately, only Kyle Weston (19) and Kyle Mason (11) took advantage, as Melton lost 6 wickets for 44 runs in the final 11 overs. Aided by 42 extras, 24 of which were byes, Melton believed they had posted a competitive score to enable everyone to have a full and enjoyable game.
Kyle Mason and Connor White both bowled good tight opening spells, restricting the visitors to 24 off 8 overs. Patrick Walton joined the party, and up-staged the two regulars by bowling Qunistow for 24, and having Harper caught at point for 5 in his first 2 overs for his first senior wickets. He then caught P Aldous for 6 to give Samson Magesh his first senior wicket. St Andrews were 43 for 3 in the 14th over, and Melton were in great spirits but Craig Wright was joined at the crease by Andy Gregory, and the pair looked to rebuild the innings. Wright gave one chance on 20 that was spilled at cover and that was the end of any charity as he decided to blast his way past 50, and beyond. As the field was sent to all parts to try to stem the flow, he carried on and moved quickly to a century. All the bowlers suffered, and Gregory also moved serenely on to his own half century with the winning hit.
Great Melton Sunday A Team
L de Salis 50*; Fe Hughes b Taylor 15; Fi Hughes ct Aldous b Taylor 0; C White b Holmes 14; K Frazer b Wright 46; P Walton lbw Gregory 0; K Ellis b Gregory 0; K Weston b Holmes 19; P Hunt b Bunn 5; K Mason not out 11; S Magesh run out 2. Total (9 wickets) 204 (Holmes 7-0-44-2; Taylor 8-0-42-2; Bunn 7.4-1-12-1; Quinstow 4-0-25-0; Wright 7-0-42-1; Gregory 5-0-10-2).
M Harper c C White b Walton 5; T Quinstow b Walton 24; P Aldous ct Walton b Maresh 6. C Wright not out 104; A Gregory not out 50. Total (3 wickets) 205 (K Mason 7-2-23-0; C White 4-0-10-0; P Walton 5-0-27-2; S Magesh 8-0-51-1; Fi Hughes 5-0-26-0; K Weston 3-0-30-0; K Ellis 3-0-27-0).