Great Melton’s teams enjoyed success in the South Norfolk Community League Carnival Cup reaching the final in all three age groups with the U15s and the U11s carrying off the trophy.
Semi-Final: Great Melton U15s v Hethersett & Tas Valley U15s
James Bridges 35 and Josh Wright’s 34no provided the backbone of Melton’s innings with Ben Johnson chipping in with a useful 10 at the death but it was Tas’ contribution of 55 extras that generously swelled their opponents’ total to 141 for 4; B.Way the best bowling effort with 2 for 9 off his 3 overs.
After Tas lost H.Worley (2) cheaply Gibson, along with English (21no) added 80 for the second wicket. But after the departure of Gibson (55 ret), the scoring slowed and, already well behind the rate, the magnitude of Tas’ task mounted rapidly. Stoic contributions of 13 from Way, W.Worley (4) and Mirza (7) were not enough to compensate for their team’s earlier profligacy with the ball as Melton ran out comfortable winners by 31 runs – Charlie Green (2 for 7) was the pick of Melton’s accurate attack.
Final: Great Melton U15s V Rocklands U15s
The climax of the first RCP Cup day was not to disappoint with both Andy Thresh (50 ret) and Jed Bilverstone providing the perfect start to Rocklands’ innings as their side added 103 before Bilverstone (46) was run out in the tenth over. Patterson provided a further 19 as Rocklands powered their way to a likely looking record score before Melton reined in this ambition with some excellent end of innings bowling, restricting them to just 30 off the last five overs including an extraordinary quadruple wicket maiden, including a hat trick, from Josh Wright (5 for 20) to peg back a Rocklands score that could have been a dozen higher.
And so it was game on as James Bridges and Charlie Green chased down the total with 68 on the board by the seventh over when Green (23) was run out. Wright (48 no) then joined Bridges crafting a stylish innings but the rate required mounted steadily with Melton needing 40 off their final four overs. It looked Rocklands’ game from hereon in but the thirteenth over brought 13 runs as the target hove into sight. With 22 still to score off the last twelve balls some flustered fielding from Rocklands meant that the runs were there for the taking and after Bridges retirement on 53 it was left to Ben Johnson, with the game tied, to score a single off the final ball of the innings and provide a magnificent finale to an excellent day’s cricket in the only match won by a side batting second.
Semi-Final: Great Melton U13s V Norwich U13s
Melton were made to work rather hard for their win against a young and determined Norwich side who set them 117 thanks to strong contributions from Cooper (43 ret), Brister (25) and Stuart Miles (15). Great Melton lost 5 wickets in their run chase and another one could have turned the game around but in the end they kept their heads to win in the fifteenth over. All of the batsmen chipped in with best contributions from Ben Johnson (21), Sam Davey (18) and Joseph Graves (15). Norwich’s S.Jackson was outstanding with the ball and was rather surprisingly removed from the attack after two overs having taken 3 for 7.
Final: Great Melton U13s V Lowestoft Town U13s
The U15 final had produced a nail biting finish with the result only decided on the final ball. Those hoping for a similar conclusion were to be disappointed as Lowestoft blew the Melton innings away with some top class bowling and outstanding catching. Melton’s batsmen imploded and mustered just 11 runs as their side was bowled out for 18 before the halfway mark of the innings – extraordinary. There were 2 wickets for Coote (3 runs) and 3 for Bland (14 runs). Town took only 31 balls to gather the required total to finish their demolition job for the afternoon.
Semi Final: Great Melton U11s V Mundford U11s
Played under glorious sunshine at Sprowston Cricket Club, the u11s competed in the SNCL Carnival Cup last Friday.
Facing Mundford in the semi-final, Melton were asked to bowl first, and managed to restrict Mundford to 3-103 off sixteen overs. All the Melton bowlers showed great control, with some of the standouts being George Ryan who went for 1 run off his 2 overs, Daniel Graves (3-0-11-0) and Dylan Crawley (2-0-9-0). Melton only conceded 16 runs in the last 6 overs of the innings, which kept Mundford to a competitive, yet chase able total.
Harry Cheal (10) was promoted to open with Odin Thomas (22), and together the boys put on 42 for the first wicket which laid the foundation for the innings. The destructive Blade Earley came in at 3 and quickly raced along to finish on 27no, with a highlight being a lovely pull shot for 6. Daniel Graves batted sensibly to rotate the strike with Bade and hit some boundaries to finish on 19no. In the end, Melton got the runs with 2 overs to spare.
Final: Great Melton U11s V Norwich U11s
Bowling first, Melton gave Norwich very little early on, and restricted them to only 12 runs off the first 4 overs. George ’The Metronome’ Ryan again bowled well to go for only 7 off his 2 overs, to finish with figures of 4-1-8-0 for the day. Dan Whiteley demonstrated what a good keeper he is by giving away very little behind the stumps, and Harry Cheal (2-0-9-1) bowled well. In the end, Norwich finished with 107.
Odin and Harry again opened the innings in Melton’s reply, and when Harry and Blade fell in consecutive balls to leave Melton on 2-11, 108 seemed some way off. Daniel Graves and Odin then set about rebuilding the innings, and put on 60 runs before Daniel was dismissed for 25. Sam McKay (9) joined Odin and together they put on 25 runs before Sam was run out. A quick fire 8no from George finished the innings and gave Melton the victory in the match and the Carnival. A special mention to Odin for batting through the innings to finish on 25no.
This was a fantastic way for the Melton to finish the competitive season. A special thank you to Joe Harris of the SNCL for arranging three excellent days of cricket