GREAT MELTON A (106-2, 24 points) beat LOWESTOFT TOWN A (105-10, 2pts) by 8 wickets at Denes Oval in Division 5 of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance.
Rob Sims, Dale Weston & Nick Aston tore Lowestoft Town A apart as Melton A cruised to a comfortable 8 wicket win at Denes Oval on Saturday.
Melton Skipper Simon Woods took one look at the pitch, soft & green after all the recent rain, and promptly decided to bowl first on wining the toss. Well that and the absence of no.3 bat Nick Aston, apparently searching Lowestoft high & low in search of the cricket ground.
Josh Wright struck first, his extra pace inducing Lowestoft’s Duckmanton to play onto his stumps for 9. Kyle Mason, settling into his best spell of bowling of the season soon removed the next 2 batsmen, finishing with 2-30 from his 9 overs. George Sims in particular & Fred Patten played nicely to get the home team back into game & at drinks they were nicely placed at 101-3.
What followed was nothing short of carnage, as 7 overs later they had added only 4 more runs for the loss of all their remaining 7 wickets, finishing all pout on 105. Rob Sims was the chief tormentor, bagging the prized scalp of nephew George amongst his 4-21 but was ably supported by king-of-the-swingers, Dale Weston, who finished with 3-19 from his 6 overs.
In reply, Melton knew that the only way they could make hard work of the small chase would be to lose early wickets. Woody Loines & Lee Whiddett played sensibly to make sure that didn’t happen, laying the foundations with 37 for the first wicket but once Woody fell, Nick Aston entered the fray in no mood to hang around. Aston continued his good form, flaying the ball to all parts & hitting 3 sixes, no mean feat at one of the biggest grounds in the league, making an unbeaten 51 & securing victory in the 21st over.
In truth, Lowestoft were somewhat under strength, certainly missing their 2 best batsmen, but with a near-complete performance with the ball, Melton made sure they took full-advantage & earn themselves their 3rd straight victory.
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