GREAT MELTON U15s beat TAS VALLEY U15s by 126 runs at Flordon in the South Norfolk Community League
Having achieved his first fifty in the last U15 match against Great Ellingham, Ben Carding wasted no time in reaching the next milestone, scoring his maiden century as Melton racked up a massive 204-2 in just 16 overs against Tas Valley. In an innings sprinkled with boundaries – 16 fours and 4 sixes – Ben added 69 for the first wicket with Rob Smith (32) in the first 6 overs to get Melton off to a flying start. When Smith was out, Alex Rennie (13) helped Carding add a further 69 before being run out and, with a fear that manager Duncan Greenslade might be tempted to ‘retire’ him, the young batsmen raised the tempo as he raced through the 80s and 90s and brought up his ton with a huge six. Once 3 figures had been reached Ben did retire, leaving brother Sam (16 not out) and Emily Reay (7 not out) to take the Melton total past 200.
It was hard work for Tas Valley who tried hard to stem the flow of runs but all the bowlers proved rather expensive. E.Blofield (2-0-25-1) was at least rewarded with the wicket of Smith before opening the batting and watching two of his colleagues fall in Zef Ishtiaq’s first over. Blofield did show some resistance with 20 before being bowled by Ben Carding. E.Chamberlain (26) and O.South (15) both played their shots but a younger Tas Valley were never able to threaten Melton’s huge total, finishing on 78-6. Ishtiaq bowled particularly well, claiming 4-10 from his 3 overs.
Melton remain top of the South Norfolk Community League with 2 games to go but the decider is likely to be the final game against their closest rivals, Garboldisham.