Great Melton remained top of Alliance division 3 with an emphatic 9 wicket win over Ashmanhaugh.
Richard Waddell took 6 for 42 – his pace and bounce was too hot for the Ashmanhaugh batsman to handle and with Mark Scott taking 2 early wickets, the home side were reduced to 69 for 8. A spirited 46 however from Ray Stibbon lifted the score past the 100 mark and together with Ian Webster they put on 63 for ninth wicket, before Webster became the last of Mark Scott’s 3 wickets; soon after Oliver Harris bowled Stibbon to close the innings at 142.
In reply Melton were clinical and coupled with some wayward bowling, they made short work of the target. Despite looking assured, young opener George King (7) was dismissed relatively early as he chipped a ball in to the on side but that was to be Ashmanhaugh’s only success. Dave Allum joined Richard Wood and they took the bowling apart – Wood who had earlier been dropped at first slip made the most from the home side’s error and was particularly severe on Metcalfe taking him for 18 in 1 over as he raced to yet another half century. Allum looked equally comfortable and struck 3 sweet drives down the ground before ending the match with a 6 over long on.
The gulf between the 2 sides was large and underlined not just by a 9 wicket victory, but also that Melton needed just 15 overs to reach Ashmanhaugh’s total.
Ashmanhaugh (2 points)
B Everett ct Wood b Waddell 10, R Broughton ct King b Scott 10, J Everett ct Wood b Waddell 1, A Metcalfe b Waddell 5, D Musgrove b Scott 4, R Gant b Waddell 0, T Daynes ct Cook b Waddell 5, R Stibbon b Harris 46, R Fletcher ct Scott b Waddell 8, I Webster ct Stearman b Scott 21, J Ahmed not out 0. Extras 26. Total 142 for 10. (R Waddell 12-1-42-6, M Scott 12-0-44-3, D Bunn 4-0-13-0, O Harris 5.2-0-33-1, P Stearman 4-0-6-0)
Great Melton (22 points)
R Wood not out 71, G King ct J Everett b Metcalfe 7, D Allum not out 31. Extras 39. Total 148 for 1 (A Metcalfe 6-0-40-1, T Daynes 3-0-19-0, J Everett 3-0-43-0, J Ahmed 2-0-22-0, I Webster 2-0-20-0)