Great Melton A (25 Points) beat Bradenham A (3) by 166 runs at Melton Park in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Five
Fine half centuries from Marcus Godbold and Woody Loines and a devastating ‘fifer’ from Thomas Moye saw a Melton A side bereft of their usual skipper shrug off that loss to record a thumping 166 run victory over struggling Bradenham A.
Despite overnight rain, bolstered by a strong XI including Godbold, Nick Mackenzie, Joey Greenslade and Tom Grant, stand-in skipper Lee Whiddett had no hesitation in having a bat. The skipper himself started nicely but, perhaps buoyed by the strength of his batting line-up, played a somewhat uncharacteristic forcing shot to be caught at cover for 11, and when Joey Greenslade chopped on for 14, Melton were 50-2 and in need of stability.
Woody Loines has found some form at the turn of the season and he put together a fine stand with returning Godbold as the home side turned the screw. Loines made 60 and Godbold 71 before a handy 27 from Tim Hales and a few lusty blows from Mackenzie and Matt Henderson saw Melton up to an imposing 261-7.
With the score well beyond Bradenham’s capabilities, some ‘innovative’ fields were used in an effort to take 10 wickets quickly, as dangerous looking clouds hovered nearby. Tom Grant and Nick Mackenzie bowled with excellent control, taking a wicket apiece, with Grant bowling Bradenham’s most solid batsman, Steven Matthews, with a beauty that trimmed the off-bail.
The need to get through overs quickly was apparent as the light dimmed. Joe Bickel and Tom Moye bowled in tandem, and chaos reigned. Moye cut a swaithe through the middle-order with his flight and spin, whilst Joe Bickel mopped up the tail using his flat, fast trajectory to devastating effect.
When Bickel took the final wicket, Bradenham were all out for 95 in the 28th over. Just minutes later, the heavens opened. The use of the spin twins and rushing between overs paid dividends.