Great Melton A (25 Points) beat Lowestoft A (2) by nine wickets at Melton Park in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Five
A first Alliance ‘Six-fer’ for teenager Tom Moye allied to a gritty 48 not out from Lee Whiddett saw Melton A chalk up a first win of the new season, a refreshing change after two seasons where such outcomes have been incredibly hard to come by.
A little surprisingly it was Lowestoft who elected to bat first in cool and damp early season conditions but their opening pair of Arun Nair and Norfolk ladies’ wicket keeper, Peggy Tirimanna, put together a fine opening stand, taking the score to 48-0 from 12 overs with Ryan Hayward and Marcus Mawby bowling decently without a great deal of fortune.
The introduction of Moye saw the breakthrough as Tirimanna was plumb lbw and then after Mawby trapped Nunn for a duck, off-spinner Moye began to run through the top order. Nair looked increasingly dangerous as he played powerfully through the leg side but at the other end wickets were tumbling to the impressive Moye, the highlight being a brilliant low catch at backward square from Mawby. When Moye removed Nair for 55, going on to record superb figures of 9-2-26-6, the Lowestoft innings crumbled and from 110-3 after 25 overs, they were 138 all out in the 34th.
The A side’s batting has let them down all too often in the last two seasons and it looked as though Woody Loines and Lee Whiddett were determined to put that right, playing doggedly against some decent seam bowling from a Lowestoft side that looked stronger in the field and with an excellent wicket keeper in Tirimanna. Loines found himself playing and missing frequently but mixed in between were some powerful lofted strokes and straight drives and with Whiddett looking very solid and accumulating square of the wicket, they took the score to 71-0 at drinks.
Shortly after, Loines was out caught for 36, continuing his strong start to the season, but that only really hastened an end to the game as Jon Ellse arrived and played some beautiful cover drives on his way to an excellent unbeaten 32. Whiddett almost reached a half century but his drive through mid-wicket for the winning runs stopped just short of the boundary, much to the amusement of his team mates!