GREAT MELTON U15s beat ROCKLANDS U15s by 5 wickets at Rocklands in the South Norfolk Community League
A good all-round performance resulted in a convincing 5 wicket win at Rocklands for Melton U15s.
After losing the toss and being asked to field on a batsman’s wicket, the odds seemed against Melton. However, tight spells from James Robb (3-0-7-0) and Ben Carding (2-0-11-0) left the Rocklands openers stranded for runs. These figures were backed by tight fielding. Even though Melton only claimed one wicket, thanks to the bowling of Matt Rennie, they kept Rocklands to a below par score of 90.
Melton were positive from the start. Ben Carding (9) and Rob Smith (35) got them off to a flying start with 31 on the board after 3 overs, before Ben was caught. Rob was then joined at the crease by James Robb (34*) and the pair saw Melton home with Connor Stearman making a solid 0 not out after Rob was bowled.
A very convincing win from the Under 15s which was much needed and should give them confidence going into the final part of the season.
GREAT MELTON U11s beat SWAFFHAM U11s by 155 runs at Shoemaker’s Lane in the Alan Bridgewater Competition
Despite the absence of several of their first choice players the U11s still proved much too strong for Swaffham in their final Alan Bridgewater group game. Helped by 47 extras and numerous misfields, Melton totalled a mammoth 362-1 (356 net) off their allotted 16 overs and the wicket that did fall was a run out. Finlay Hughes, with 34, and Beth Harmer, with an impressive 27, top-scored for Melton, finding the short boundary to their liking. Jack Gorman (12), Lohit Kannan (10) and Olly Leinster (12) also made double-figure scores while Kai Wilkinson-Loines and Will Singleton contributed 9 each. There was a wicket each for Olly, Lohit, Jack, Will and Mark Attfield, plus 3 run-outs as Melton’s accurate bowling and sharper fielding restricted the home side to 249-8, a net score of 201 making it one of the U11s biggest-ever winning margins – 155 runs.
It assures Melton of qualification for the quarter-finals of the Alan Bridgewater Competition as Group 2 runners-up. They meet Topcroft (away) next Wednesday.