A Team smash Diss as Whiddett and Allum grab tons
Great Melton A:
J Whiddett c Kilian b Barker 109
D Allum Run Out 103
M Clarke c Witting b Bell 0
P Stearman Not Out 19
L Whiddett Run Out 12
G King Not Out 1
Total (4 Wickets, 46 Overs) 286
Bell 12-1-52-1, Ward 6-0-12-0, Pask 6-0-36-0, Kilian 4-1-25-0, Betts 5-0-38-0, Chenery 6-0-33-0,. Barker 7-0-51-1
Killian c Allum b Godbold 26
Witting lbw b Sims 26
B Chenery c Allum b Godbold 4
K Park b Sims 33
C Barker c Bunn b Sims 13
C Atkinson b Clarke 4
D Philpott lbw b Sims 0
J Allen c Woods b Sims 0
D Betts b Sims 0
W Ward Not Out 5
J Bell b Sims 0
Total (All Out, 38.4 Overs) 124
R Hayward 7-1-29-0, D Godbold 8-0-21-2, R Sims 12-3-33-7, G Bunn 10-2-30-0, L Whiddett 1-0-2-0, M Clarke 0.4-0-1-1
Outstanding individual displays saw Great Melton A claim a comfortable victory against Diss A in Norfolk Alliance Division Five as Jason Whiddett and Dave Allum made centuries and Rob Sims, on A team debut, took seven wickets.
With showers around throughout the day and a downpour before the toss, captain Lee Whiddett was concerned after losing the toss and being asked to bat first. Conditions looked tricky early on as Diss opening bowlers Bell and Ward restricted Melton to 20 from 9 Overs. However, from them on Melton took a grip on proceedings as Jason Whiddett and Dave Allum got their eyes in and dominated the change bowlers.
From their circumspect start, Whiddett and Allum took the score to 88-0 from 20 overs and then pressed on in two chanceless knocks. Allum was particularly severe on anything over pitched with a series of impressive straight drives, whilst Whiddett scored an avalanche of runs through third man and went ‘inside-out’ over extra cover.
On the verge of a club record partnership a tiring Whiddett departed for an outstanding 109 including 13 fours and a six, soon after followed by Allum (103) whose knock included 11 fours. Their stand of 242 in 37 overs was just 3 runs short of a club record.
Paul Stearman (19no) and Lee Whiddett (12) then added quick runs at the end to take Melton to a seemingly insurmountable 286-4.
In reply, Diss openers Kilian and Witting started well Ryan Hayward and Daryl Godbold constantly knocked on the door however, and it was no great surprise when God bold (2-21) removed both Kilian and Chenery in quick succession. Witting and K Park (33) dug in and Diss looked in a reasonable position to draw the game at 95-2 at the drinks break.
Rob Sims, however, had other ideas. Making his A team debut, Sims showed his considerable talent in bowling with turn and control and once he had removed the obdurate Witting for 26 he destroyed the Diss middle order. Wickets fell in quick succession as Diss slumped to 113-7 in 31 Overs.
Sims went on to produce outstanding figures of 12-3-33-7 and Matt Clarke polished off the final wicket in the 39th Over to seal a maximum points victory.