Great Melton U13s managed to get the better of Garboldisham in the South Norfolk Community League but, unfortunately, reserved one of their worst performances of the season for their Alan Bridgewater quarter final clash with Vauxhall Mallards at Halvergate, losing by 7 wickets.
Not for the first time a good opening partnership between Lohit Kannan (32 retired) and Nat Buxton (24) got Melton off to a good start against Mallards but, after that, the innings rather stalled as Ben Fletcher (8), Cameron Graveling (1) and Harry Ryan (1) were all run out. With Ben Johnson (1) also dismissed cheaply it was left to Ethan Rushton (13 not out) to push the Melton score to 106-5.
With a decent & varied bowling attack, manager Kannan Kuppusamy felt this was a defendable total but, on the day, Melton simply didn’t bowl well enough. Too many ‘extras’ – mainly wides or no balls – and a tendency to bowl too short handed the initiative to the home side for whom Harry Nunn made 31 and Ben Ashford 27 as Mallards won with almost 3 overs to spare.
Against Garboldisham the following night, Melton’s bowlers were a little better, but still conceded 31 extras in a total of 81. However, apart from the stylish Jack Whitlam, the Garboldisham batsmen were unable to deal with the really good balls that the Melton attack did produce. Ben Johnson, Henry Marsh (who was Melton’s most impressive bowler with 2-3 in 2 overs) and Ben Fletcher took 2 wickets apiece and Alfie Sutton 1-6 as Garboldisham were dismissed for 81. Ahmad Sajid, making his debut, took a good catch.
In reply, Melton made a slow start and lost 3 early wickets but a quick 12 from Fletcher put the innings back on track. Opener Ethan Rushton, growing in confidence as the innings progressed, then unleashed a series of good shots to take Melton to victory in the 14th over.
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