Sunday 21st July was a day to remember for 10 Great Melton youngsters as they watched England clinch a memorable victory over Australia in the 2nd Ashes Test and got to play for 30 minutes on the hallowed turf.
The Club were responding to an invitation from Middlesex Cricket Club via the Norfolk Cricket Board to perform a Kwik Cricket demonstration on the outfield during the luncheon interval so 10 Under 12s, accompanied by coaches Steve Phoenix and Clive Gristwood and parent Neil Walton who had obtained his own ticket, travelled to Lords by minibus and tube to sit in the Edrich Stand as a 4-fer from Graham Swann and 2 wickets from man-of-the-match Joe Root, helped bowl out Australia in the final over of the day.
At lunch time the youngsters donned their Asda sponsored tee-shirts and caps and entertained the crowd including a group of remarkably cheerful Australian supporters, by playing a pairs competition that included hitting several sixes into the stands. The more measured batting of the girls won the day, though as Robyn Edge and Bethany Harmer didn’t lose a wicket in scoring 117. Being able to actually play at Lords, even though it was only 30 minutes’ softball cricket, was a never-to-be-forgotten experience. They also had fun competing in throwing competitions, having animated photo’s taken, collecting ‘free samples’ of Yorkshire Tea – enough to keep the Club in tea bags for the rest of the season – and obtaining the autographs of any celebrities they were lucky enough to ‘bump into’ including some of the Australian players, Michael Vaughan, David Lloyd and Sir Ian Botham. A meal on the way home and a sing-song on the bus completed a long, tiring but very enjoyable day.
Pictured are the youngsters, Robyn Edge, Rebecca Greenslade, Bethany Harmer, Fergus Hughes, Finlay Hughes, Thomas Moye, Lewis Thurston, Patrick Walton, Kyle Weston and Craig Wilson with coaches Steve Phoenix and Clive Gristwood.