Rain Makes Unbeaten Century all in Vain!
GREAT MELTON C's match against SAHAM TONEY A at Town Close in Norfolk League Division 4 was abandoned because of rain.
Saham Toney A's Matt Webster scored a superb unbeaten century but it proved to be in vain as a tea-time deluge prevented Melton C from replying to the visitors' 266-4. New Melton skipper Simon Carding got off to a good start by winning the toss and inviting Saham Toney to bat on a greenish track but, with Webster producing an array of good-looking cover drives, the score quickly moved to 72. Hadi Kashif struggled with his line but Zef Ishtiaq bowled a good opening spell with little luck as several edges from B.Goodwin dropped between fielders. Eventually Goodwin's luck ran out and he was bowled by David Bunn for 21. A good catch by Sam Carding then accounted for Oxley, out next ball, and with Carding and Bunn in tandem the scoring rate dropped. Simon Carding then came on but Patterson and Webster continued to punish any bad balls – and some good ones – in a partnership of 109 before Bunn ended his spell of 12-0-62-3 by bowling Patterson for 35.
E.Huckle survived a run out appeal to add 22 before Connor Stearman caught him off the bowling of Alex Rennie but Webster was still there at the end having given few chances and having played few false shots in a fine innings of 134, enabling the visitors to post a formidable 266-4.
As the teams came off for tea it rained heavily and, although Saham Toney were keen to resume when the rain stopped after an hour, the wicket was saturated and it would have needed a further hour of sunshine to be ready for play. The captains reluctantly shook hands on a ‘no result' and it was the right decision as a further downpour rendered any further play impossible.
Despite the visitors' dominance with the bat there were several positives for Melton. The youngsters never let their heads drop and generally fielded well, there were some good spells of bowling from Zef Ishtiaq and, particularly, Sam Carding while Jim Wimhurst did a good job behind the stumps – his first outing with the gloves for several years. It mustn't be forgotten too, that Melton's band of emerging youngsters and veterans were taking on an Alliance Division 2 club's second team!
Saham Toney A
M.Webster Not Out 134, B.Goodwin b.Bunn 21, S.Oxley c.Sam Carding b.Bunn 0, D.Patterson b.Bunn 35, E.Huckle c.Stearman b.Rennie 22, A.Dumble Not Out 14, Extras 40. TOTAL (4 wickets) 266 (Z.Ishtiaq 8-0-51-0, H.Kashif 4-0-27-0, Sam Carding 7-0-25-0, D.Bunn 12-0-62-3, Simon Carding 11-0-61-0, A.Rennie 3-0-29-1)
Great Melton C
Simon Carding, D.Bunn, Sam Carding, D.Greenslade, Z.Ishtiaq, H.Kashif, T.Marshall, S.Phoenix, A.Rennie, C.Stearman, J.Wimhurst