GREAT MELTON U15s beat SWARDESTON U15s by 7 runs at Melton Park in the Andy Seeley Trophy
A good all-round team performance saw Great Melton U15s come out on top in their Andy Seeley Group 1 decider at Melton Park. A win for either Melton or Swardeston would ensure they would finish top of the group and proceed to play a 2nd-placed side in the quarter-final and, having won the toss, Melton skipper Josh Wright elected to bat. It proved a good decision as the Swardeston bowlers struggled to find their line, bowling numerous wides in the early overs which helped Lohit Kannan (17) and James Bridges (31 retired) get Melton off to a solid start. Saxon Earley scrambled a quick 17 and, although none of the other batsmen reached double figures, 40 ‘extras’ helped Melton to 122-5 off their 16 overs. Elliot Fox (2-0-18-2), Harry De Coteau-Spring (3-1-17-0) and Edward Taylor (3-0-12-0) proved to be Swardeston’s most economical bowlers.
Unlike the visitors Melton bowled a much tighter line conceding only one wide and one no-ball but excellent batting by Fox (30 retired) and Ezra Khan (31 retired) kept the visitors in the match. Although the scoring rate slowed in the middle of the innings, Tom Bailey contributed a useful 16 before being one of three run-outs and, when Wright trapped De Coteau-Spring lbw with a good yorker and Charlie Green conceded just one run off his first over, Melton were very much in the driving seat. There was a brief scare when Nat Buxton, who had kept well throughout, conceded 8 byes in consecutive balls from another excellent Charlie Green over but James Bridges (3-0-10-1) ensured the visitors would finish 7 runs short on 115-5.
Robert Mackintosh, Sam Johnson and Saxon Earley also bowled a good line and length and the whole team contributed well in the field but Swardeston are a good side and made Melton work very hard for their victory.
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