Women’s Community Cricket Competition: Frankston’s Aimee Mellford blasts double century
After blasting 206no last week, Frankston women’s cricketer Aimee Mellford said she never intended to make so many runs.
The double century, against Kingston Heath in the Women’s Community Cricket Competition South One Day section, was a Frankston club record.
Mellford revealed she tried to retire hurt after bringing up her ton to give someone else a bat.
But her captain (and wife-to-be) Rebecca Newman, who was batting with her at the time, was having none of it.
“I said to the captain, ‘I’m going to retire hurt so someone else can come in’, and she was like, ‘you’re staying in’,” Mellford said.
“I’m like no, I want to retire. So I went even harder. I said stuff this, I’ll either go out or keep going.”
In a matter of overs Mellford rushed past her previous highest score of 160 and at that point Newman told her to go for the double.
Mellford smashed an astonishing 15 sixes (as well as 17 fours), her 206 coming off just 124 balls as Frankston piled up 3-281 off 36 overs.
She said she’s never hit the ball cleaner, which is saying something. Just two weeks prior, she cracked 126no.
Mellford and Newman shared a 164-run partnership for the third wicket. Newman, batting for the first time this season after tearing the tendons in her hand, also made a career-best score, 28.
Mellford has scored 896 runs this season, at an average of 99.6, and the magical mark of 1000 runs looms.
“I haven’t really thought about it,” she said.