Six-Fer for Josh As A Team Take the Plaudits
Senior Weekend Round-Up: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th July
The A Team took the plaudits last Saturday as the sunniest weekend of the summer saw all four teams in action. Josh Wright's 6-16 from 7.3 overs was the performance of the day as Thetford were dismissed for a below-par 129 at Melton Park before Jonathan Ellse (67 not out) and Richard Wood (34 not out) knocked off the runs in just 19 overs to give the A Team a 10-wicket victory. Opener Darren Thomas top-scored with 30 for the visitors and 3 other batsman made it into the twenties but most had no answer to Wright who clean-bowled four of his victims in two devastating spells. Kyle Weston (8–3-9-2) was also highly effective. With Thetford only able to field 10 players, the final wicket went to Matt Rushton.
The First Team's 3-game run of victories that had taken them to 4th in Alliance Division 2 ended at Mattishall as skipper Rich Waddell's decision to bat first resulted in a rather tame display that saw them dismissed for 122 with Tom Grant claiming 3-36 against his old club. The out-of-form and out-of-luck Ben Mann went lbw 2nd ball, the previous week's centurion Chris Greenslade was bowled for 8 and Matt Clarke (15), Connor Stearman (17) and Joe Greenslade (run out first ball), were all dismissed inside 15 overs with just 44 on the board. Martyn Cook (28), Dom Evans (18) hung around for a while but nobody was able to provide the substantial innings that was needed. Tom Grant aside, the wickets were shared around with 2 for Sonny Richmond (2-27) and one each for Jason Cole, Jack Grant and Jason and Tom Spalding. Mattishall lost 3 wickets in reaching their victory target but got there in 27 overs with Joe Hills scoring 38, Jason Spalding 37 and Gordon Chetwood 28 not out.
Both the B and C Teams also tasted defeat. The Bs were at the UEA against Brooke B who scored 174-9 in their 45 overs having elected to bat first. Matt Carver (43) and Richard Keeler (42) both got into the forties but, after initial success for Kyle Mason (1-25) and Ben Johnson (1-32), it was Melton's slow bowlers who got the most help from the pitch. Fawad Kaiser took 2-22 in 10 overs Tom Moye 2-35 in 10, Harrison Cunningham 1-22 and Joe Bickel 1-35 although Brooke's 174 looked challenging. So it proved as only Sam Davey (19), Bickel (27) and Moye (23) made double figures as Melton were bowled out for 109. Their cause wasn't helped by an unfortunate accident to leading run-scorer Imaad Khalid that required hospital treatment and meant he was unable to bat. The experienced Phil Carver continued the successful slow-bowler theme with figures of 10-3-19-4. Ed Cross took 2-17.
The C Team at Hingham found themselves chasing a big total for the second week running. Hingham's 258-6 was built around a steady opening 29 from Danny Key, former Great Melton junior, Gareth Mottram's 67 and Daniel Skipper's 42. Their 2nd wicket century stand ended with a superb caught-and-bowled by Liam Stevens to dismiss Skipper but James Dunkinson added a further 29 leaving Melton a mountain to climb. All the bowlers stuck to their tasks well with Flynn Crosthwaite (6-2-12-0), Alice Greenslade (1-30), Charlie Hosmer (1-26) and Ian Arnold (1-25) the pick. The Melton reply featured an excellent half-century from young Flynn, his first for a senior team, while 13-year-old Charlie Hosmer's 29 was his highest senior score. Arnold (23 and Harry Ryan (19) also made good contributions but Hingham's total was just too many for Melton who finished on 183-8, to lose by 75 runs.
On Sunday the Ladies enjoyed a 7-wicket victory over Brooke Ladies thanks mainly to Megan Ellse's bowling. Her 3-3 off 4 overs, plus wickets for Caitlin Ellis, Rachael Hustler and Alice Brand saw Brooke restricted to 82-7 off 20 overs. Alice Brand then hit 21 in Melton's reply, with Rebecca Davey (13 not out) and Alice Greenslade (11 not out) steering Melton to victory in the 19th over, for 3 wickets. Brooke will, no doubt, reflect on the fact they bowled 28 wides and no-balls while Melton bowled just 10.