Melton Phoenix U17s beat Diss Mafia U17s by 7 wickets at Melton Park in the Bob Carter Junior Cup
Viv Sharma’s talents have hardly been seen in over a year as injury, a Saturday job and his studies have meant cricket has had to take a back seat but he made a welcome return on Sunday as Melton Phoenix beat Diss Mafia in their 2nd group match in the Bob Carter Junior Cup. Viv’s 55 ensured Melton beat Diss – and the weather – to move a step closer to the quarter finals.
Diss won the toss and decided to bat but Melton opening bowler Nick Gristwood (4.5-1-15-3) made an early breakthrough when he bowled C Pask in the first over. Simon Brett (5-0-14-0) provided good bowling support to keep the pressure on the Diss batsmen but a change of bowling led to the breaking of the Diss innings with Daniel Hayward (6-1-15-3) taking the wicket of M Brawn who scored a useful 34 runs and Craig Woolrich (6-1-18-2) seeing off the middle order batsmen. Team captain George Bunn (3-0 14-0) introduced some spin and then Michael Farmer (2-0-12-1) and the returning Gristwood brought the Diss innings to an end. There were useful batting contributions from A Cotton (12) and B Goldsmith (17) in the Diss total of 97 runs.
The weather looked threatening as rain clouds gathered so it was decided to begin Melton’s innings immediately and have a later tea. The Phoenix then set about the task of chasing down the Diss total and Viv Sharma immediately found his old form with a lovely knock of 55 before being bowled by C Pask. George Bunn (10) and Nick Gristwood (8) saw Melton past the Diss score – just before the heavy rain started.
With two wins out of two, Melton face Lowestoft at home in their final group match on July 10th with a good chance of reaching the quarter finals.
Report by Vince Lachowycz