GREAT MELTON U11s beat TOPCROFT U11s by 45 runs at Melton Park in the South Norfolk Community League
A superb opening partnership of 92 in just 7.4 overs between Saxon Earley and Charlie Green was the highlight of Great Melton U11s win over Topcroft. Showing excellent judgement and awareness and combining powerful hitting with some brilliant running between the wickets it was, according to coach Steve Phoenix, the best batting he had seen from a Melton pair in an U11 match. Green was eventually dismissed, caught and bowled by Waters, for 23 but, by then, Earley had already reached his second half-century for Melton and retired at the end of the same over, having scored an excellent 56. Josh Wright and Ollie Black then tried hard to maintain the momentum, both scoring 16 and pushing Melton’s total to 152. They then also retired leaving Mark Attfield and Cameron Graveling to face the last over. Melton totalled 157 from their 16 overs a magnificent effort against a Topcroft side that actually bowled quite well.
It was obviously a day – and a wicket – for the batsmen as the visitors made a decent job of chasing Melton’s large total. After Green had trapped Waters lbw in the 2nd over, 2nd wicket pair James Webster and Ben Emms put bat to ball with good effect. Webster scored 38 and Emms 32 in a partnership of 71 which, after 9 overs, had Melton a little worried but the introduction of leg-spinner Kit Fordham proved the masterstroke. Fordham removed both batsmen as well as Sam Colman to leave Topcroft on 105-4 with two overs left. His spell of 3-0-20-3 secured victory for Melton as Topcroft finished on 102-6, Mark Attfield (2-0-13-1) and Green (3-0-14-2) getting two more wickets. Ollie Black (2-0-9-0) and James Bridges (2-0-12-0) also bowled quite well and James took a good catch.
So far Melton U11s have won all their matches in the South Norfolk League and the Terry Moore Trophy and top both tables but the biggest test will be tomorrow when they take on a Swardeston side containing several County players at Melton Park.