Loines, a man in a hurry.
GREAT MELTON A (95-0) 25 points beat NORWICH B (94-10) 0 pts by 10 wickets at Melton Park in Division 5 of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance on Saturday 7th July.
Great Melton A team made light work of an under strength Norwich B side, winning the match by 10 wickets inside 2 1/2 hours on a hot, sunny day at Melton Park.
Like so many other matches up & down the country, the start time had been brought forward to facilitate afternoon football watching. The game started so early that Sir Edward was still walking his dog around the boundary when the first ball was bowled at 10:50 am. The sweltering heat made it feel more like Colombo than Great Melton but that didn’t seem to bother the now-established new ball partnership of Mason & Wright, who found movement through the air & off the seam to pose searching questions of the Norwich batsmen. Kyle was unlucky not to take a wicket but Josh picked up 3, finding extra pace & bounce from the Dovecote End. Rob Sims winkled out a couple, as did Matt Henderson. Being the master of the unusual dismissal, he caught & bowled the dangerous Gyton in bizarre fashion, a firmly hit drive bouncing off non-striker’s shoulder & into his grateful hands. Ben Mann mopped up the tail, his skiddy pace evidently too hot to handle
The Norwich innings lasted only 26 overs but after a quick turnaround the Melton reply was even shorter. Woody Loines, having so often this season been dismissed in the 30s this season, was in no mood to hang around. He smashed the ball to all corners, this time passing the elusive 50 milestone, carving a rapid-fire 67 not out in less than 12 overs as the match concluded at 1:30pm.
Melton A are nicely placed in 3rd position in the table, but with games against the top 2 to follow, the next 2 weeks seem likely to be season-defining.