GREAT MELTON BOYS beat GREAT MELTON GIRLS by 142 runs at Melton Park in the South Norfolk Community League
Despite all the build-up and banter, Great Melton’s ‘battle of the sexes’ – the first competitive match in Norfolk between a boys’ and girls’ team from the same club – ended in a convincing 142-run win for the boys who proved just too strong all round for their female rivals. The girls, however, impressed everyone with their skills and application and it was easy to see why they have already beaten mainly male sides from Rocklands and Garboldisham and occupy 2nd place, behind Melton boys, in the fledgling South Norfolk Community League table.
On a lovely warm, summer evening at the resplendent Melton Park, however, the boys were just too good. An unbeaten half-century from the in-form Patrick Walton, 37 runs including 2 sixes from Fergus Hughes and a stylish unbeaten 21 from Kyle Weston enabled the boys to post a commanding score of 165-2. The success for the girls came with the wickets of Tom Moye, run out by fellow skipper Aimee Palmer for 6, and Fergus Hughes being bowled by a Holly Marchant full toss but Walton, in particular, produced a cultured innings.
The Girls, tied down at the start by the accurate bowling of Craig Wilson (2-1-1-1) and Luke Richards (2-0-3-0), then suffered two huge blows losing Beth Harmer, bowled by Wilson for 2, and Palmer, run out by Richards for 2. Without their main run-scorers the girls were always going to struggle and, despite two superb fours from Becca Greenslade (8) and some stubborn resistance from Emily Grisewood and Cassie Mawby, the girls were bowled out in the 12th over for just 24, spinners Moye (2.1-1-1-2) and Fergus Hughes (2–1-2-2), reaping the rewards after the impressive earlier work of the seamers, Wilson, Richards, Weston (2-0-9-0) and Finlay Hughes (2-0-9-1).