Great Melton u9s beat Great Ellingham u9s by 47 runs at Great Ellingham in the South Norfolk Community League.

Great Melton continued their recent good form with an away win against Gt. Ellingham in the SNCL.

Captain Thomas Small won the toss and immediately elected to bat on what was a glorious sunny morning. The Melton innings got off to a steady start before Noah Moore (10) came in and hit some lovely boundaries to up the scoring rate. Noah was ably supported by skipper Small who has developed an excellent defensive technique and does not give his wicket away cheaply. Sam McKay (9) and James Alcock (4) finished the innings with some confident running between the wickets.  In the end Melton finished on 3-166, a net score of 151.

The between innings team talk concentrated on the fact that whilst 151 was a good score, the boys would still need to bowl well, and to a man, they did.  Daniel Graves (3-1-3-2) bowled an excellent opening spell, which was both accurate and often too fast for the opposition. He was ably supported at the other end by Isaac Ford (2-0-8-1). Isaac’s cricket has come on in great strides this year, and he fully deserved his first wicket for Melton.  Oliver Wormstone (2-1-1-1) bowled with pace and accuracy, and later showed great courage when a diving save in the field saw the ball hit his jaw, but he bravely stayed on the field.  Sam McKay (3-1-2-1) bowled 3 overs of controlled leg spin, much to the delight of the opposition coach who was officiating at the bowler’s end. James Alcock (2-1-2-0) backed up his tidy batting with excellent bowling. James will be a valuable member of the u9s squad in 2017.

The fielding was of a high standard, and it was fantastic to see the boys eager to back up. Tommy Elliott effected another direct hit run out (his 3rd of the season!) to prove the run outs from previous games were not a fluke. Behind the stumps, Noah Moore was superb, showing courage to get behind the ball and skill to catch it.

Gt. Ellingham finished with 7-139, a net score of 104.  An excellent team performance.

Chris McKay

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