Melton Phoenix U17s beat Bradenham Bears U17s by 105 runs wickets in the Quarter Final of the Bob Carter Junior Cup competition
Half centuries from lower middle-order batsmen, Simon Brett and Toby Wyatt, rescued Melton U17s from 67-6 to 181-6, a score that proved easily enough for them to progress to the semi final of the Carter Junior Cup at the expense of Bradenham Bears. With Melton Park not available, Melton were grateful to East Harling for hosting the quarter final. Bradenham won the toss and put Melton into bat and this looked a shrewd move as both Melton’s opening batsmen were removed without any runs being scored. George Ducker (15) and Nick Gristwood (10) steadied the ship for a while but, after 19 overs, the Melton score stood at 67-6. It looked set to be a very short match, however, Simon Brett (57 no) and Toby Wyatt (54 no) had other ideas as they added 114 runs without loss to bring the Melton total to a respectable 181 at the end of the allotted 42 overs. Bradenham opening bowler Will Dewing took 2 wickets and there was one wicket each for Ryan Adcock, Lewis Bates, Jason Ward and Ruben Leroy.
Melton’s opening bowler Nick Gristwood (5-1-12-3) made an early breakthrough with another good spell of fast bowling while fellow opening bowler Craig Woolrich (4-1-6-0) supported Gristwood well. Although first change bowlers Michael Farmer (6-1-21-0) and Simon Brett (7-3-19-1) kept the pressure on, Bradenham batsman Lewis Bates made a good 40 runs and was looking dangerous until Daniel Hayward (2-1-7-1) was brought into the attack and bowled Bates with his second ball. Captain George Bunn (3.1-0-7-4) then demolished the tail ably assisted by in-form wicket-keeper George Ducker who made 3 stumpings and took one catch as Bunn took 4-7 from his 3.1 overs. Bradenham were dismissed for 76.