Sam’s Century THe Highlight As A Team Cruise to another victory
Senior Weekend Round-Up: Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th August
A third century in four weeks by a Great Melton player – this time Sam Mann – saw the A Team continue their promotion push with a comprehensive 203-run victory over Norwich B but there were defeats for the 1st Team, B Team and Sunday Team. Sam scored 104 not out as Melton A built on their narrow win over leaders Ashmanhaugh the previous week to score 270-7 in their 40 overs before bowling out Norwich for just 67. Matt Rushton's 30, Richard Wood's 20 and Matt Henderson's 20 not out were the other notable scores and there were cameos from Martyn Cook (18) and Paul Stearman (15) but it was Sam who dominated the innings with 18 fours and a six in his 94-ball ton. Dale Weston (3-13), Kyle Weston (2-20), Matt Rushton (1-6 in 8 overs), Taha Raja (1-18) and Stearman (2-4) then combined to bowl out Norwich cheaply, skipper Chris Binnie top-scoring with 17.
The Firsts came up against top-of-the-table Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers and gave a good account of themselves in the field after the home side had elected to bat first. Young bowlers Rob Mackintosh (7-3-16-1) and Joseph Graves (7-0-27-1) both bowled good opening spells and, thereafter, no Wanderers batsman was really able to dominate as Melton restricted them to 187-8. Daniel Oldroyd was the top scorer with 31 and Nuwan Jayasena (25), Jordan Everett (21) and Devon Branigan (20) all made twenties while there were wickets for Ben Mann (2-43), Dom Evans (1-26), Corey Rushton (1-19) and Joe Greenslade (1-12). Chris Greenslade was unable to repeat his century of the previous week but still gave Melton a solid enough start, scoring 23, in a partnership of 44 with Evans but Joss Branigan claimed the wickets of Greenslade, Matt Clarke (10) and Connor Stearman (10) in his 3-18 and the dismissal of Evans for 37 was the beginning of a too familiar story as the Melton batting fell away. Former Melton player Aslam Mohammed claimed 3-29 as Melton were bowled out for a disappointing 137 in the 39th over and Ashmanhaugh moved a step closer to promotion with victory by 50 runs.
The B Team came up against East Harling's Barry Wells whose man-of-the-match performance eclipsed anything the Bs could offer. Wells scored 37 in high-flying Harling's 195 then took 7-24 as Melton were bowled out for 154. Robert Dyke, with 44 helped Wells give Harling a good start but Kyle Mason's 4-41 and Ben Johnson's 2-32 kept Melton in the game until James Segalo (28) and Matt Hartley (32) helped add 44 for the last 2 wickets. Imaad Khalid scored an excellent 69 and, with Eusha Fawad (26), took the score to 113 but the last 7 wickets fell for the addition of just 41 runs as Wells took over and Melton finished 41 runs short.
On Sunday Melton again travelled to Barton Turf and, again were second best against Ashmanhaugh who scored 237 thanks to Bernie Everett's half-century, 48 from Mike Mulhall, and twenties from Jordan Everett (25), Kieran Spencer (27), Daniel Oldroyd (24) and Craig Beeden (24). There were two wickets for Dom Evans (2-34) and one apiece for Rob Mackintosh (1-15), Corey Rushton (1-40), Steve Cadge (1-27), Sam Mann (1-44) and Joe Greenslade (1-27). Melton produced a spirited reply and there were unbeaten 50s from Joe and Dom, plus 24 from Steve and 19 from Sam but they finished on 192-4, still 45 runs short.