Whiddett brothers thrash struggling Wanderers
Great Melton A (25 Points) beat Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers A (3) by 102 runs at Barton Turf in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division Four
Great Melton A recorded consecutive victories as they thrashed bottom side Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers A at Barton Turf.
The victory was set up by the Whiddett brothers after Melton were put into bat by Wanderers skipper Joe Bunting. Jason Whiddett and Martin Bunn brought up 50 for the first wicket in the 14th over with Whiddett in particular cutting well. Shortly after, Bunn (13) was well caught at extra cover. Skipper Lee Whiddett joined Jason and they built the major partnership of the innings, adding 103 in 22 overs. Jason looked assured throughout in making 86, including 12 fours, whilst Lee played a rather more chancy knock but improved after passing his half century. Their innings also featured a never-before-heard call of ‘There’s five there Jase’, after an overthrow related incident!
Jason was finally bowled in the 38th over trying to accelerate, with the score by that time 155-2. That brought Jonny Howard to the crease and he upped the rate with four trademark boundaries over extra cover. He and Lee Whiddett added 50 in 5 overs before Howard was bowled. Whiddett ended undefeated on 81 as Melton posted a creditable 220-4 on what was a decent but slow wicket.
The Wanderers response was then obliterated as Adam Thompson (2-21) and Michael Farmer (1-8) produced an excellent opening burst. Farmer bowled Eagleton with his first delivery of the match and then Thompson bowled Rod Gant (0) and then trapped K Brown (1) lbw to leave Wanderers in a mess at 11-3 from 7 overs.
A Sanders was then needlessly run out after sharp work at point by Oliver Harris and then Harris himself (2-18) removed Davice (23) and Tate (18), whilst Rob Sims (1-36) picked up the wicket of home skipper Bunting for 2, nicely caught by Neal Clarke. With Wanderers 60-6 from 22 overs it seemed just a matter of time and it was Chris Mckay (3-14) who picked up the quick wickets to polish off the tail. Whilst Tate (18) and Sanders (22) hit a few lusty blows in a rearguard, Wanderers succumbed to 118 All Out in the 36th over, giving Melton A a maximum points victory.
Great Melton A:
J Whiddett b Tate 86
M Bunn c Tate b Bunting 13
L Whiddett Not Out 81
J Howard b Tate 25
N Clarke c Sheldrake b Tate 3
O Harris Not Out 0
Extras 12 (7w, 1nb, 1b, 3lb)
Total (4 Wickets, 46 Overs) 220
J Sheldrake 10-2-54-0, S Tate 12-1-52-3, J Bunting 11-1-51-1, J Ahmed 7-2-24-0, J Kotecha 6-0-35-0
Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers A:
R Eagleton b Farmer 3
K Brown lbw b Thompson 1
R Gant b Thompson 0
A Sanders Run Out (Harris) 16
Z Davice c Mckay b Harris 23
J Bunting c Clarke b Sims 2
S Tate c Farmer b Harris 18
R Sanders c Sims b Mckay 22
J Ahmed b Mckay 9
J Sheldrake Not Out 8
J Kotecha b Mckay 3
Extras 3 (2w, 1lb)
Total (All Out, 36 Overs) 118
A Thompson 9-2-21-2, M Farmer 6-2-8-1, R Sims 8-0-36-1, O Harris 7-2-18-2, C Mckay 4-0-14-3, N Clarke 2-0-6-0