GREAT MELTON U13s beat HETHERSETT & TAS VALLEY U13s by 5 wickets at Melton Park in the South Norfolk Community League
With their South Norfolk Community League title and unbeaten record threatened in their previous match at Great Ellingham, Melton U13s made no mistake in the follow-up, sweeping one of their nearest challengers, Tas Valley, aside in just 9 overs to win by 5 wickets.
Skipper-for-the-day Ben Granville and James Bridges did most of the damage after Melton had lost Finlay Hughes for 18. Bridges hit some superb shots through the offside, including 5 fours in successive balls in a quick-fire 37 not out while Granville was out for 26, very well caught off his own bowling by Groves but, by then, Melton were only two runs short of their target of 94.
Earlier Josh Wright had taken the bowling honours with 2-5 in 2 overs as Tas scored 93-3. Ben Davies batted particularly well for the visitors, his 37 including some excellent cuts and pulls. Jack Gibson contributed 14 to a useful opening stand while Olly Black (3-0-16-1) and James Carter (2-0-5-0) also impressed with the ball.
Hethersett & Tas Valley
Jack Gibson b Wright 14, Ben Davies ct Granville b Black 37, Lewis Martin b Wright 0, Leo Sargeant not out 4, Hal Worley not out 5, Extras 33, Total 93 for 3 wickets (Finley Hughes 3-0-13-0, James Bridges 2-0-16-0, Josh Wright 2-1-5-2, Ben Granville 2-0-14-0, James Carter 2-0-5-0, Ollie Black 3-0-16-1, James Ketteridge 2-0-17-0)
Finley Hughes ct Gibson b Martin 18, Ben Granville ct & b Groves 26, James Bridges not out 37, Josh Wright not out 2
Extras 11, Total 94 for 2 wickets (Ben Davies 2-1-8-0, Lewis Martin 2-0-22-1, Hal Worley 1-0-17-0, Leo Sargeant 1-0-12-0, Ben Harvey 1-0-11-0, Jake Groves 1-0-16-1, Leah Podmore 0.1-0-1-0)