Great Melton win again to go marching on at top

Great Melton's Aaron Garner who took 4-15 against Swardeston A. Picture: Steve Phoenix

Great Melton's Aaron Garner who took 4-15 against Swardeston A. Picture: Steve Phoenix - Credit: Archant

Great Melton carried on their winning ways and there was a first victory for the Bs last Saturday but both the A team and the C team were on the wrong end of heavy defeats.

At Melton Park visitors Swardeston A started well with Matt Hogg (41) and Ben Chapman (31) looking solid until the introduction of left-arm spinners Alex Rennie and Aaron Garner completely changed the complexion of the game.

Garner's 9-3-15-4, his best figures for the club, and Rennie's 9-3-13-2 tore the heart out of Swardeston's batting and Tom Grant (2-10) and Aslam Mohammed (2-11) soon removed the tail as the visitors succumbed to 97 all out.

Melton then reached their target in the 35th over for the loss of Joey Greenslade (8) and Richard Wood (20), with Jason Whiddett unbeaten on 47 and Ben Mann on 17.

The A team, following a four-match winning run, came crashing back to earth against Hockwold who hit a massive 372-1 off their 45 overs. Their opener Joel Gilmour hit an incredible 257 not out that included 23 fours and 16 sixes, with Anthony Ruddick (48) helping him to 230 before the first wicket fell and Carl Smith (35) assisting in adding a further 142.

Gilmour's blistering attack took the game well beyond Melton who succumbed to 151 all out in the 40th over to lose by 221 runs. Lee Whiddett with 38 and Matt Henderson (24) Simon Woods (23) and David Bunn (20) made useful contributions.

The B team had 13-year-old Lohit Kannan (33 not out) to thank as they struggled to 159-8 against 10-man Gillingham at Town Close. Tom Coleman (25) and Phil Gray (15) helped him launch a lower order recovery but Melton were further assisted by 40 extras.

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In the end 159 proved more than enough as five wickets for father-and-son opening bowlers Dale (2-14) and Kyle Weston (3-13) plus a run-out reduced Gillingham to 29-6 before Leo DeSalis finished the innings with a hat-trick.

The C team travelled to Winterton A who scored 170-9 in their 45 overs with Bryn Clarke (65) and Geoff Roper (24) getting most of them although Melton skipper Clive Rennie took 5-21 in his nine overs and 14-year-old bowlers James Bridges (9-0-33-1) and Josh Wright (9-3-24-1) also impressed.

Melton were bowled out for 110 despite 30 from Kevin Ellis.