Great Melton secured their second 9 wicket run in as many weeks at home against Cromer 2nd XI. Winning the toss Melton chose to field on a cloudy and humid afternoon.
Comer started strongly, scoring at 5 an over for the first 10 overs, picking up boundaries when both opening bowlers dropped short. Hayward on his birthday took the first wicket, bowling Robinson for 16. Shortly after the rain intervened for 10 minutes. After the break changes at both ends brought on Moye and MacKenzie, both bowling with discipline which slowly forced Cromer mistakes. MacKenzie dismissed Laws (22) courtesy a good catch from Hales off a top-edged pull shot. Shortly after Budd also fell on the pull, managing to pick out the diminutive Mann at square leg off Moye. MacKenzie maintained pace and accuracy, and suddenly Cromer subsided from 80-2 to 101-8 as the runs dried up. Moye and MacKenzie bowled their 9 over allocations straight, picking up 9-2-20-6 and 9-4-27-1 respectively. Cromer’s lower order did their best to bat out the overs led by Gascoyne (31*), and slowly accumulated more of a total. Eventually Henderson and the returning Mawby took the last two wickets, Cromer bowled out for 143 in 40.4 overs.
Melton’s chase got off to a positive start with Hales and Loines both finding the boundary early on. Cromer’s first change bowler dismissed Loines (12) first ball as he picked out mid-off. Whiddett came to the crease and took a while to acclimatise. Hales (70*) found the boundary regularly and ran well between the wicket. Whiddett grew more confident, even uncharacteristically taking 10 off 2 balls, as Cromer’s change bowlers failed to control the scoring rate. Melton cruised to victory in 34.2 overs, with Whiddett (47*) unlucky to miss out on a fifty for the second consecutive week.
After 3 games, Melton A sit fourth in the table and travel to 6th place Bradenham next week.