It was chocolate cake all round as Aimee Palmer and Tom Moye celebrated their joint birthdays by helping the Under 11s reach the final of the Terry Moore Trophy with a superb display to defeat semi-final opponents Bradfield by the convincing margin of 38 runs – and they did it without their captain, Ryan Howard, who was on holiday. Skipper-for-the-day, Luke Marchant, did an excellent job but he was helped by a very good batting and bowling display – a real team effort. After losing the toss, Melton were invited to bat and Tom Moye and Craig Wilson, helped by several extras, got their team off to a good start, scoring 18 without loss. Fergus Huges (9 not out) and Aimee Palmer (1) added another 18, although Aimee was bowled by J.McGuire (3-0-14-1). A further 19 without loss came from Logan Stearman and Lewis Thurston (4 not out) and, although the team’s youngest player, 9-year-old Patrick Walton, was run out he hit two boundaries in a top score of 10 and, with Marchant (3 not out) added a further 21 to give Melton a total of 279-2, a net score of 269. Bradfield’s T.Wylie was the pick of the bowlers with 3-1-5-0, but the visitors’ two girls, L.Hemp and R.Edge, were also most impressive.
The Under 11s have bowled and fielded well all season and felt confident they could defend 269. They started well with Craig Wilson bowling a maiden 2nd over, then Marchant bowling Hemp in the 4th over. With Wilson adding a further wicket when he clean bowled Wicks, Bradfield were 26-2 at the half-way stage, well behind the run rate. The quarter-final conquerors of Fakenham were never able to dominate with all the Melton bowlers bowling accurately. Wilson (3-1-2-1) was superb as was Fergus Hughes (3-0-5-1) but Palmer (2-0-8-0), Moye (3-0-9-0), Thurston (1-0-6-0) and Walton (1-0-4-0) all played their part before Marchant’s (3-0-11-1) final 2 overs ensured Bradfield would finish well short of the Melton total. Their final score of 251-4 (231 net) meant that Melton won comfortably in the end.
The final will be played on Friday 12th August at Sprowston C.C. It is the second County final of the season for Melton’s youngsters – the U13s having lost to Swardeston in the ECB Competition – the first time two Melton Junior teams have reached County finals in a season and the fifth time overall although the club is still seeking its first win. Supporters on the 12th August will be most welcome.
The picture shows the U13s celebrating their semi-final win.