No joy for Great Melton firsts - but club’s other teams all win

Chris Howes batting for Old Buckenham during Saturday's Norfolk Alliance Premier Division clash with

Chris Howes batting for Old Buckenham during Saturday's Norfolk Alliance Premier Division clash with Fakenham, which ended up being abandoned. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Player availability was the best it has been all season for Great Melton last Saturday so expectations were high that the elusive clean sweep of four victories could be achieved.

Unfortunately, although the first team was strong it was not strong enough to put a dent in Martham's charge towards the Alliance Division Three title and Melton lost by eight wickets.

The A, B, C and Sunday teams all won, though, so it was still a good weekend.

Having been put into bat at Martham, the firsts struggled particularly against Harish Chanchalani whose 4-33 helped restrict the visitors to 157-9. Matt Clarke scored 32 and Sam Mann 35 but the rest of the top order made minor contributions and it was left to the late efforts of the returning Aslam Mohammed (26 not out) and last man Ben Carding (15 not out) to add some much-needed late runs.

Martham then chased down Melton's total in just under 34 overs with Finn Grist (43 not out), Louis Smith (25) and Jack Whatmough (67 not out) the main contributors. The two wickets to fall both went to Alex Rennie (9-0-28-2).

Marcus Godbold made a rare appearance for the A team against Bradenham at Melton Park and scored 71 in a total of 261-7. Woody Loines continued his good form with 60, Tim Hales made 27 and there were good contributions from several other batsmen.

Bradenham's response never got going as spinners Tom Moye and Joe Bickel wrought havoc. Moye took 5-38 and Bickel 3-21 as Bradenham were dismissed for 95,

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The B team struggled early on before dismissing Sprowston B for 178 with Paul Stearman turning in a fine spell of 10-1-26-3 and Lohit Kannan (10-1-54-1), Ryan Hayward (7-0-31-3) and Matt Rushton (2-0-3-1) also contributing.

Eusha Fawad's 83-run partnership with Jon Moxon (26) turned the match Melton's way. Matt Rushton (23 not out) then joined Eusha who was dismissed for 90 on the cusp of victory.

The Cs' 184-run victory over nine-man Great Yarmouth A was the most comprehensive of the weekend with 14-year-old James Bridges hitting an excellent 71. Aimee Palmer (37), Duncan Greenslade (38) and Kevin Ellis (36) also shone as Melton totalled 255. There were three wickets for Clive Rennie (3-17) and one apiece from Palmer, Josh Wright, Caitlin Ellis and Bridges as the visitors were dismissed for 71.