Mann takes centre stage on a difficult weekend for Great Melton CC

Ben Mann after scoring 151 for Great Melton against Hethersett & Tas Valley on Sunday. Picture: Ste

Ben Mann after scoring 151 for Great Melton against Hethersett & Tas Valley on Sunday. Picture: Steve Phoenix - Credit: Archant

On a losing weekend for Great Melton's Saturday teams the disappointment was lifted somewhat by the Sunday team's win over Hethersett & Tas Valley in which Ben Mann scored 151.

It was a superb innings by Mann as Melton, with Lee Whiddett contributing 29 in a century stand and Tim Hales unbeaten on 26, chased down Tas Valley's 238-5 in 33 overs.

Damian Fahy scored 107 for the visitors but was eclipsed by Mann who hammered the Tas bowling to all parts of the ground.

Player non-availability was the issue again last Saturday with the A team short of batsmen, the B team travelling to Caister with 10 men and the Cs having to register five new players in order to field a side against Hales & Loddon.

The firsts lost their unbeaten record at home to Old Buckenham A. Despite 71 from Matt Clarke the other batsmen got started but nobody went on to make a telling score. Clarke apart, there were useful contributions from Jason Whiddett (16), Ben Mann (24) and Aaron Garner (20) but Melton came up against a Bucks team that bowled and fielded superbly.

A total of 187-9 was never likely to be enough but there was a glimmer of hope when Nick Mackenzie removed both James Aleander (8), caught behind, and Peter Free, caught at slip for a duck, early on. Leg-spinner Joe Bickel bowled well and got the wicket of Ben Askew (17) but Melton paid for some dropped catches as Mark Dunnett (74 not out) and Ross Bailey (66 not out) saw Buckenham to their victory target in the 41st over.

The As had a disastrous day all round at Postwick against Norwich B who won by 10 wickets. Jamie Bradford's figures of 9-5-8-5 said it all as Melton succumbed to 67 all out in the 32nd over despite a brave unbeaten 33 from Chris McKay. Alex Mhandu (25 not out) and Simon Brister (38 not out) then knocked off the runs with ease in just 10.3 overs.

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Caister scored 221-4 against the Bs thanks to a Paul Brown century and 56 from Shawn Goodby and Melton were bowled out for 106 in reply (Eusha Fawad 58).

An unfamiliar C team were bowled out for 65 and although late call-up Tom Grant, a regular first teamer, took three quick wickets and Clive Rennie one Hales & Loddon reached their target without further loss.

This weekend sees Great Melton's Beer Festival with Saturday night live entertainment.