Great Melton U13s beat Diss U13s by 31 runs at Diss in the Alan Bridgewater Trophy
Diss, having chosen to bat first, found scoring difficult due the acurate Melton bowling, with the first pair only scoring 9 runs of the first 4 overs with a further 6 runs coming from extras .The second pair fared a little better s scoring 20 runs. Surprisingly, with Melton bowling so well, there was no reward for the bowlers with the ball just not carrying to the fielders or just missing the stumps. Their hard work finally paid off and wickets started to fall, the Diss 3rd and 4th pairs being dismissed 6 times. Luke Marchant took 3-12 in 3 overs, Bradley Russell, 1-7 in 2 overs the other 2 wickets came from a run out and a stumping by Joe Greenslade. Diss scored 280-6, a net total of 232 off their 16 overs. Sam Carding got Melton off to a good start scoring 21 but Melton’s 2nd pair of Ben Carding and Ben Singleton were out 3 times. Third pair Connor
Stearman and Marcus Mawby put on 16 runs without losing a wicket and, although Greenslade was bowled, Melton, with 31 extras, finished on 295-4, 263 net, and won by 31 runs.
Great Melton U13s beat Fakenham U13s by 20 runs at Fakenham in the ECB National Competition
The U13s had an excellent result at Fakenham where they beat the strong home side by 20 runs in the ECB competition. Having been put into bat Melton raced to 35 off the first 5 overs with Joey Greenslade and Ben Carding playing some fine shots and finding the boundary 10 times in their partnership. Greenslade (32) and Carding (31) were then forced to retire in quick succession having reached 30 but, although Connor Stearman was bowled for 1, Sam Carding (20) and Alex Rennie(21) played some nicely timed shots and saw Melton to a competitive score of 140-1. Melton’s in-form bowlers continued where they left off the previous night at Diss, with Ben Carding trapping the opening batsman lbw in the second over. Bradley Russell then bowled the new batsman in his first over for 0 and Fakenham where rocking with the score on 15-2 in the 3rd over. The game started to swing back in to Fakenham’s favour when big-hitting A.Hutchinson came to the crease but, after 6 fours, he was bowled by Luke Marchant for 27. A change of bowlers saw Alex and Matt Rennie take a wicket each in the next 2 overs, swinging the game back towards Melton. In the 13th over Rennie clean bowled De Lucci for 22 and, although C. Futter went on to score 30 and retire, with the overs running out and the run rate rising, Melton protected the boundary. Ben Carding took the 7th wicket in the 20th over as Fakenham finished on 120-7, 20 runs short of Melton’s score. A great result after a great team display!
Report by Duncan Greenslade