Tour Spirit hits Funday XI as They Win Again
Great Melton Sunday 203 / 6 beat Thetford Sunday 199 / 7 by 4 wickets in Sunday Premier League
The spirit of the 2017 tour was infused to the collective psyche as Melton’s Funday XI enjoyed a good win against the club which has lifted the Sunday Premier League title for the past two seasons.
A-Train Aslam was wicketless as Tour leg-end Leo de Salad (2/31) took the early honours, with D Grayson (6) and J Baulch (1) both snapped by Fivehead Hales at Mid on. Wayward Hayward (1/32) was unlucky to see catches dropped, though he did snap up R Conroy (12) caught by one of only two non tourists, Bendy Mann.
Liam Conroy (119*) took his Alliance Division One form into the game, and despite a broken little finger he compiled a well constructed ton whilst the wickets fell around him.
Travis Bickel (2/38) bowled really well again, to bag a brace with A Peek (27) stumped by Tom Coleman and C Baulch holing out to Aslam at long on. NickMack (2/48) also picked up a pair, removing K Grayson (4) and T Simpson (1) as the age gaps between the batsmen grew exponentially.
Bendy Mann (53) and Brearley Whiddett (20) put on 57 for the first wicket in just 11 overs. Marcus Dogbold (11) came and went after a few quick singles, to be replaced by Sumo Mann (63*). A delightful cover drive off his first ball set the tone for his innings, as a combination of watchfulness and aggression took him past his slightly taller twin. NickMack (16), FiveHead Hales (6) and A-Train Mohammed (10) added to the impetus, but all failed to get to grips with the slow loopy straight bowling by the experienced Keith Grayson, who finished with a highly impressive 4 / 46. 19 extras added to the score, to enable the Fundayers to complete their task in the 30th over and enjoy watching Brearley be savaged by Sumo’s cheese sausage, and Bendy miss the chair and lose his crisps.
All in all a very good afternoon, watched on by an appreciative gathering. Swaffham next week may prove a little tougher, especially with an A team to field too and exam season in full swing. There are places available in both if you wish to join the fun.