Great Melton A (25pts) beat Lowestoft A (7) by 52 runs at Denes Oval in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Five
A fine knock of 91 from Woody Loines saw a much changed Melton A side record an ultimately comfortable win on the Suffolk coast against a Lowestoft side missing former Phoenixian Rob Sims.
On what was one of the flattest surfaces seen this season, stand-in skipper and self-professed ‘Norfolk Brearley’ Lee Whiddett had no hesitation in having a bat and it was he and Loines who set the tone with a fine stand of 77 in the first 15 overs. When Whiddett was bowled, it was a father and son show as debutant Kai joined Dad at the wicket and they continued the momentum to add 57 in good time with Kai making a composed 25. His dismissal saw another A team debutant, Phil Bugg, join Loines and Bugg played sensibly, allowing Loines the strike who was enjoying the conditions, smearing the ball repeatedly through extra cover on his way to a 91 containing 12 boundaries. Loines went with the score on 181 in the 36th over and by then Melton were well on top. Matt Henderson helped to up the rate with 22 as Bugg stepped up his game in style to make an unbeaten 46 with a couple of lusty blows from Eusha Fawad (8no) taking the total to 252-4.
Another debutant, Dale Weston, took the new ball with a man who is the antithesis of a first-timer, Leo De Salis, with the latter removing Norfolk ladies’ wicket keeper Peggy Tirimanna for a duck. Weston caught the eye notably with his ability to bowl booming out-swing which accounted for three of the Lowestoft top order in quick succession, and Lowestoft looked in tatters at 33-5 from 10 overs.
Lowestoft’s real quality player, Arun Nair remained however and he gradually grew in confidence, finding a willing ally in number 7 Herath, and beligerant ball striking and good running brought the home side back into the game with Kyle Weston taking some punishment. By 26 overs it was 135-5 and very much game on.
The pendulum swung with the introduction of another ‘newbie’ in youngling Lohit Kannan. His first delivery, long-hop though it was, saw the back of Nair who was well held on the deep square fence by Marcus Mawby for 84. From there, Lohit grabbed two more wickets as Lowestoft’s resistance faded, and whilst Herath was unbowed on 64, Matt Henderson came on to mop up the tail in the 40th over as Melton won comfortably by 52 runs.