Great Melton B 159 / 8 (24pts) beat Gillingham 29 ao (4pts) in Norfolk League Div 2 by 130 runs.
Lohit Kannan followed up his dominant performance for the u13’s at Witchingham on Thursday with a superb innings for the B Team against Gillingham, to lead them to their first league victory of the season.
Considering this is his first full year of senior cricket, it cannot be under estimated how good this knock was. Entering the fray at 41 /5 in the 17th over, with carnage all round, 13 year old Lohit was instructed to occupy the crease for as long as he could. Such is his technique and application this was not an unreasonable request. That he would remain unbeaten, commanding immediate respect from the opposition, demonstrating maturity beyond his years, and marshalling partnerships of 22, 41 and 10 respectively with Phil Gray (15) Tom Coleman (25) and Leo de Salis (10*) to guide the hosts to 159 / 8 off the 45 overs, was amazing.
He may have only scored 33 of the 24 overs, but he was only in danger of being run out by a poor call from a team mate. I would say this was perhaps the most mature innings by a junior I have ever had the privilege to witness, and is no doubt the precursor to many such performances.
Charles le Versha bagged himself a 5fer for the visitors, but 40 extras let them down.
In response, father and son B Team debutants ‘team Weston’ (Dale and Kyle) struck early to reduce the visitors to 29 for 6 off 10 overs. Kyle bagged three victims, the third an audacious slow Yorker of which Curtley Ambrose would have been proud, and the metronomic Dale two. A mix up over a potential catch allowed Phil Gray to manufacture a run out which resulted in a broken bat as the batsman left the crease in frustration. Only Jordan Barber made double figures for Gillingham.
Which left just enough time for Leo to mop up the tail with his third Hat-trick for Melton.