The 4th team continued their fantastic form to retain their winning streak with a crushing victory against Melton Mowbray on Saturday.
The skipper did his job by winning the toss and inviting the hosts to have a bat and to make use of a surface which was surprisingly dry but looked a little uneven.
Showing a number of changes the team saw a debut for Jack Allen and recalls for Cam Dixon, Chairman and Dharshan “little Aadil” Tank.
A great opening spell from Harrison Norton and Joel Juvvanapodi kept things tight and it was great to see the bowlers showing great patience when luck seemed to have deserted them. Norton eventually got us up and running with the aid of a fantastic catch from debutant Allen, and this signalled a period where Melton were reduced to 30-4 in double quick time with both bowlers finishing their spells with 2 wickets.
Jones entered the attack from the football field end and was right on the spot from ball 1 and showed great accuracy and control to finish with great figures of 4-30. He was well supported by Ravi Tank who demonstrated that he is starting to generate some genuine pace and he collected 2 wickets to finish the innings.
A great performance by all 4 seamers and we look a good unit even without being able to use Chris Carson due to “illness”, and Melton were dismissed for 94 from 32 overs and we were batting before tea.
Debutant Allen and Chairman opened up and set a great platform with a 50 partnership before the chairman perished to a very slow, slower ball but his job was done effectively.
Allen continued to bat well, the features being a delightful cover drive for 4 and a huge 6 into the factory next door before departing for a well made 40.
Sam Pounds threatened to finish things quickly before unusually missing a leg side ball to find himself bowled.
However, young Norton continued to show maturity beyond his years to see us home without fuss, well supported by sick note Carson, playing as a batsman.
Another maximum haul and we approach the big clash with leaders Ashby next week full of confidence. We have opened a gap of nearly 50 points over 3rd place and so can really focus on top spot going forward.