Captain Aimee Palmer led by example with a wicket and 68 not out as Melton girls beat Thriplow from Cambridgeshire in the first round of the Lady Taverners T/20 competition. Things didn’t start well for Aimee when she lost the toss, was put into bat and Beth Harmer was unfortunate to misjudge the slow pace of a delivery and was caught for 0. That brought Aimee to the crease , fresh from scoring a half-century for the county at Melton Park last Monday. She and Robyn Edge started building a healthy score taking singles and hitting the bad balls for 4 until Robyn was bowled for a healthy 41. Sophie Harrad then continued to feed Aimee the strike as she reached another half-century but Sophie also scored 20 runs herself as Melton finished on 144 for 2, a very decent score for a girls T20 match.
Thriplow openers Watradsiewicz and Duncan both found hitting the leg side ball easy and got their side off to a good start. Their partnership continued to thrive but a poor decision from the batsmen saw both of them stranded at one end and the partnership broken. Duncan continued to look dangerous but was bowled by Harrad for 50. Harrad kept the bowling tight in her last over which started building pressure on the batsman then Palmer took two wickets before the overs ran out for Thriplow who finished on 130-4. All the girls fielded brilliantly with Holly Marchant sliding around on the boundary and Cassie Mawby’s enthusiasm and motivatuion helping the team step up to the mark and come out with a brilliant result. The bowling figures were: Sophie Harrad (5-1-13-1), Emily Grisewood (3-0-33-0), Beth Harmer (5-0-26-0), Aimee Palmer (4-0-21-2), Holly Marchant (3-0-22-0)
Melton must play the next round at home before June 22nd