GREAT MELTON U13s lost to FAKENHAM U13s by 6 runs at Fakenham in the Alan Bridgewater Cup.
With poor batting the theme in most of the senior reports this week – A Team excepted – the ‘disease’ also struck the U13s who lost 6 wickets in chasing just 25 runs and lost for only the second time this season at Fakenham.
Melton won the toss and put the host into bat on a dump wicket and opened the bowling with spin from both ends which saw Fakenham lose three wickets to Craig Attewell and Matt Rennie. Melton, bowling and fielding well, got two more wickets against Fakenham’s second pair but they found Fakenham’s third pair a different prospect. Together they put on 32 with out loss putting Fakenham in a strong position with the last pair to come. Even though one of the batsman scored 17 runs Melton dismissed his partner 4 times with Joey Greenslade taking a super one handed catch behind the stumps of Attewell’s bowling .With Melton taking nine wickets, Fakenham finished on 297 for 9, a net score of 225.
Rob Smith and Ryan Howard opened the batting but struggled to get the bowlers away, scoring three runs with Ryan being caught. It put Melton on the back foot and it was made harder as Alex Rennie and Amiee Palmer only scored 6 runs but lost 3 wickets in one over. With Attewell and Matt Rennie having to get some runs on the board they put on 13 runs but also lost a wicket each leaving the last pair of Joey Greenslade and Luke Marchant needing to score 33 of 4 overs. They attacked the bowling with some good shots and running between the wickets but Luke was run out in the 15th over which meant they would just fall short of the target with Melton losing by 6 runs.
After fielding and bowling so well it was the batting which let Melton down and cost Melton the win but, even with this defeat, Melton u13s have reach the quarter finals of the Alan Bridgewater pairs competition where they are likely to meet either Vauxhall Mallards or Acle.