Saturday Wash-Out & DEFEAT For Sunday SIDE
Senior Weekend Round-Up – Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th May
Only one match in the entire EAPL, NCA or NCL survived Saturday's incessant rain so Melton's senior teams were unable to build on their promising start to the season but things had dried up enough by Sunday for the Mid-Norfolk Sunday League clash with neighbours Swardeston at Melton Park. Despite a decent effort in the field to restrict the visitors to 170-6, a middle-order collapse saw Melton go from 97-2 to 125-8 and, in the end, Swardeston won by 24 runs.
Having been invited to bat first on a damp wicket, and with further rain threatening, the Swardeston innings was held together by Alex Levinson who scored 58 and Lewis Gooderham who contributed 38 after a good opening spell by Flynn Crosthwaite and early wickets by Sam Mann (8-1-27-1) and Welshman Dom Evans, who took 2-20 off 8 overs on his debut. Left-armer Ethan Rushton, playing his first senior match for over 2 years, suffered a little at the hands of Levinson and Gooderham but eventually had his reward, getting the wicket of Gooderham, caught on the boundary by Kyle Weston. Skipper Joe Greenslade, finally dismissed Levinson and then Crispin Clarke in a 4-over spell of 2-14 but Melton felt 170 was a gettable total.
Things started reasonably well and, despite the loss of Woody Loines (10) and Lee Whiddett (14), Chris Greenslade and Connor Stearman took the score to 3 short of three figures with Greenslade notching his half-century. The introduction of Jamie Pywell into the Swardeston attack proved the turning point, though. Pywell first removed Stearman for 13 then Tim Hales for 4. Charlie Barber then bowled Joe Greenslade for a duck and, when Pywell had Chris Greenslade caught by Jonty Black for 58, the writing was on the wall for Melton.
Spinner Barber's 8 overs went for just 12 runs and brought him another wicket, that of Sam Mann for 4, Five wickets had fallen for 25 runs and, although there was some resistance from Evans (16) and Weston (16), the visitors had gained a grip on the match that they never relinquished. Fittingly the final wicket fell to Pywell who conceded 47 runs in just 5.5 overs but picked up 4 vital wickets as Swardeston took 21 points to Melton's 8.
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