GREAT MELTON beat LOWESTOFT by 9 wickets at Melton Park in the TGS Women’s League
An unbeaten 32 from Aimee Palmer and a good all-round performance from the team saw Melton Ladies to a convincing 9 wicket win over depleted Lowestoft – their second League victory of the campaign.
Melton had seen some rain over night which resulted in the Melton Park outfield being wet and slow and , after Melton heard the news that Lowestoft only brought 7 players, Melton were happy to field after winning the toss. Openers Laura Marzolini and Aimee Palmer bowled really well, their combined figures being 8-1-12-5. Marzolini also nearly achieved a hat trick. When Marzolini and Palmer’s spells came to an end skipper Hannah Brook brought Bethany Harmer and left armer Rachael Hustler into the attack. A low diving catch by Harmer dismissed Lowestoft danger-women Chloe Dhesi for 17 and wickets kept falling, Emily Reay taking a good catch and Aimee Palmer dismissing Amy Driver in her last over – a wicket maiden. When Amber Tirimanna was dismissed for a duck this left Lowestoft on 72 all out in 18 overs.
With some great fielding from the Edge girls and some great stops by both Leah Brook and Emily Russell who bossed the deep square leg area, Melton Ladies come off the pitch with some broad grins – but the game wasn’t over yet.
With skipper Brook changing the batting order around, Reay and Robyn Edge were sent into bat hoping to send Melton to victory. Unfortunately Reay fell quickly for 4, dismissed by fellow county player Chloe Dhesi. This brought Palmer to the crease and her and Edge finished the game off in just 9.1 overs with Robyn finishing on 12 and Aimee an excellent 32 not out. Overall some excellent shots were played by Palmer and Edge and, even though Melton leant the visitors 3 fielders, both girls were able to find the gaps comfortably. This match showed the massive improvement in the team from the start of the year. Well done to Rachael Hustler, Rebecca Greenslade and Laura Edge who kindly fielded for the away side and thanks, also, to Duncan and Joe Greenslade for umpiring and to our scorer Joanne Brook.
This could possibly be the girls’ last game of the season but look out for us next year where we hope to win more matches!