Three of Great Melton’s four Saturday games fell victim to the dreadful weather with the 1st Team’s match at home to Acle and the B Team’s game against Rollesby at Town Close abandoned and the C Team’s fixture at Swanton Morley called off on Friday evening. The A Team did manage to play, though, after Dersingham agreed to an early start to allow Melton’s players to get back for the club’s Beer Festival.
Acle’s Moggan had scored 55 not out and the game was finely balanced with the visitors on 108-3 after 23 overs at Melton Park before the rain came while the B Team managed 27 overs at Town Close. Matt Rushton (8-3-12-1) and Fawad Kaiser (10-0-46-1) had managed to rein in the Rollesby batsmen who had raced to 54-0 off 11 overs before the first wicket fell and, when the match was abandoned, the visitors’ score stood on 94-2 off 27.
The A Team game started at 11.00 a.m. and, having been asked to bat on a very difficult wicket, Simon Woods’ team was bowled out for 96. It was turgid stuff with Tim Hales grinding out 36 runs and Lee Whiddett 10 in a 2nd-wicket stand of 55 after Woody Loines went early. When they were out, Melton collapsed as Pete Brassett took 5-19 in 9 overs, with only Nick Gristwood (21) showing any sustained resistance. Melton did manage to last 42.5 overs but the fact that 15 were maidens showed just how difficult run-scoring was.
Dersingham found the pitch slightly easier, taking 27.2 overs to reach their target but they lost 7 wickets in doing so. Rob Sims (8-2-22-3) and Matt Henderson (6-1-17-3) grabbed three wickets apiece but, with Alex Havers scoring 26 and several others batsmen chipping in, Dersingham secured a valuable win well before the threat of any rain.
Great Melton A
Timothy Hales lbw b Darren Cook 36; Damien Loines ct Ben Southgate b Benji Linsell 5; Lee Whiddett st James Havers b Pete Brassett 10; Jon Moxon ct Shane Fisher b Pete Brassett 2; Matthew Henderson b Pete Brassett 0; Nicholas Gristwood ct Jamie Cook b Pete Brassett 21; Simon Woods*† b Pete Brassett 0; Ryan Hayward b Jamie Cook 1; Marcus Mawby ct James Havers b Benji Linsell 1; Robert Sims b Ben Southgate 3; Richard DeSalis not out 0; Extras b (7), lb (2), w (7), nb (1) 17. Total (42.5 overs) 96 (Jamie Cook 9-3-16-1; Benji Linsell 9-6-14-2; Darren Cook 9-3-14-1; Ben Southgate 6.5-1-24-1; Pete Brassett 9-2-19-5)
Alex Havers b Robert Sims 26; Jack Melton-Doy ct Simon Woods b Robert Sims 11; Shane Fisher lbw b Robert Sims 0; Jamie Cook b Matthew Henderson 11; Jack Southgate b Matthew Henderson 17; James Havers† not out 16; Martin Saddleton lbw b Marcus Mawby 0; Ben Southgate b Matthew Henderson 4; Pete Brassett* not out 4; Extras b (5), lb (1), w (3), nb (2) 11
Total (27.2 overs) 100-7 (Richard DeSalis 8-1-26-0; Ryan Hayward 3-0-19-0; Robert Sims 8-2-22-3; Matthew Henderson 6-1-17-3; Marcus Mawby 2.2-1-10-10