GREAT MELTON U9s beat SPROWSTON U9s by 33 runs at Melton Park in the John Dewing Competition
The U9s got Alliance Competition season off to a winning start with a good all-round performance against Sprowston. Two wickets apiece for Jake Canning (2-5), Owen Ward (2-2) and James Alcock (2-6) and one apiece from George Alcock (1-12) and Evan Mercer (1-10) meant that Sprowston’s gross score of 257-8 was reduced to 225. James Alcock (11) and Nicholas Conway (2) were each dismissed once but, at 25-2 from the first 4 overs, the innings was off to a good start, James looking particularly impressive. The second pair of Callum Ward (5) and Jake Canning (3), helped by extras, added a further 16 for the loss of a further wicket. George Alcock, like his brother hit a glorious boundary in his undefeated 9, and Freddie Pattison (2, out once) then took the score to 264-4 to put Melton well ahead with 4 overs left. The final pairing of Evan Mercer and Owen Ward, despite the loss of a couple more wickets, then saw Melton to victory, adding a further 18 runs. Melton finished on 282-6 to win by 33 runs.
It was a good game played in great spirit with several players enjoying their first taste of competitive hard-ball cricket. Considering the inexperience there was some good bowling and fielding and some excellent batting, the Alcock brothers especially running and calling very well. Seth Newstead of Sprowston was the stand-out bowler with 3-5 from his 3 overs.
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