Rain-beating wins for 1st & A Teams
On yet another Saturday when rain forced the abandonment of two of the club's four matches, the 1st and A Teams both managed to beat the weather and their opponents, Martham and Lowestoft A. With heavy rain forecast for late afternoon and the prospect of the England V Ukraine Euro quarter-final to consider, in three of the four matches the captains decided to reduce the overs to 30 a side. The rain duly arrived as predicted – but the later start for the B and C teams meant there was no chance of a result.
In a low-scoring game at Martham, the 1st Team bowled out the home side for 127 in the 29-3 overs. Skipper Rich Waddell (3-9) and Nick Mackenzie (3-30) did most of the damage with 3 wickets apiece with John Allen (39) and Louis Smith (26) top-scoring for Martham. There were wickets too for Ben Mann (2-15), Alex Haverson (1-25) and Joe Greenslade (1-24). In reply the Melton batsmen struggled just as much with only Chris Greenslade, with 34, posting any sort of substantial score. Mann (13), Lohit Kannan (11), Connor Stearman (10) and Matt Clarke (12) all got out having got to double figures as 8 wickets tumbled but Dom Evans (7 not out) and Mackenzie (12 not out) finally saw Melton to victory in the 29th over. George Hudson with 3-32 was Martham's most effective bowler.
Harry Hebditch scored exactly 100 for Lowestoft who decided to bat first against the A Team in a 30-over per side match at Melton Park. George Taylor contributed 28 after the home side recovered from a slowish start against the father-and-son Westons. Dale conceded just 13 runs in his 6 overs and Kyle took 1-20 in his 6. There were 3 late wickets for Matt Rushton (3-38) but Lowestoft's 173-5 looked a challenging total. Melton, however, rose to the challenge. After the loss of Richard Wood (11) and Jonathan Ellse (13) with 36 on the board, half-centuries from the in-form Rushton (54) and Nick Aston (67 not out) plus 11 not out from Tim Hales saw Melton comfortably home with 3.3 overs to spare.
An excellent 51 from Corey Rushton, his first senior half-century, was the foundation for the B Team's 178-5 in 30 overs at Bungay. Sam Davey (30), Imaad Khalid (34) and Aidan Brand (31) all maintained the momentum with Brand hitting 3 sixes, after Rushton and Davey had set a solid foundation with both 15 year-olds playing some fine shots, Rushton in particular impressing with 9 fours. Bungay A began their run chase in positive fashion. After Stuart Smith (13) had been caught by Brand off Ethan Rushton, Carl Cudden (42) and skipper David Fuller (31) were both run out to leave the game finely poised with Bungay needing 71 runs in 9.1 overs when the threatened rain finally arrived – and it was torrential meaning there was no chance of any further play.
Melton C Team's Duncan Greenslade and Hardingham As Jamie Fowle decided to go for the full 45 overs and Melton, having been asked to bat first, were reasonably happy with their 160-4. Woody Loines scored an excellent 66 and Paul Stevens 42 on the notoriously difficult UEA wicket and it was good to see Club President Nick Evans-Lombe and his son Atticus enjoy a bit of time at the crease together, Nick hitting an unbeaten 20 and Atticus 12 in an unbroken stand of 25. Atticus then snapped up a catch off Alice Greenslade to remove the always-dangerous Fowle for 12 before the rain came with the visitors at 38-1 off 11 overs. The deluge made it clear no further play would be possible. Luckily the football lessened the disappointment somewhat but oh for some sunshine!
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