A dramatic batting collapse by Great Melton U13s saw their chance of Alan Bridgewater Cup success fall flat. They nosedived from 79-1 to 87 all out and Southwold took full advantage chasing down the modest total with 10 balls and 4 wickets to spare.
Melton lost the toss and were invited to bat on a drying wicket at Garboldisham.
Openers Charlie Green and James Bridges set a good early tempo to the innings taking 35 off the first 5 overs when James was bowled by Liam Cordeshi for a solid 22. Saxon Earley joined Charlie and the momentum of the innings was increased with 44 runs coming from the next 5 overs. With the outfield slowed by overnight rain, the Melton innings only contained 4 boundaries though the large playing area made a lot of 2s possible. At this stage the Barbrook brothers, Finley and Harry joined the attack and swung the game back towards Southwold. Finley bowled Saxon Earley for 25 and, three balls later, Ben Granville was caught and bowled for 2.
The warning signs weren’t heeded and Charlie Green was bowled by Harry Barbrook for a good 20 in the following over with Cameron Graveling being caught at cover the following ball.
Finley Barbrook cleaned up the tail in the next over taking a return catch from Sam Johnson and bowling Oli Leinster. The dramatic collapse went from a good start at 79-1 to 87 all out in 16 balls. 3 overs were left unused.
With a modest target to chase, the Southwold openers played James Bridges and Charlie Green cautiously early on while still accumulating runs where they could. However, an injudicious call for an unlikely third run on Lohit Kannan’s arm proved the downfall of Sonny Dakin for 6.
Cameron Graveling joined the attack and bowled with control and Harry Barbrook was caught at point by Charlie Green, again for 6. Oli Leinster had to relinquish the keeping gloves at this point after taking a throw from the field on the end of a finger which meant alterations to the bowling plans.
At the beginning of the 10th over, Ezra Fuller who had held the innings together to this point was run out by a quick pick up and throw by Saxon Earley. With the score at 50-3, an unlikely win seemed possible. However, with the exception of James Bridges returning to bowl a maiden, the later bowling was generally too short allowing ‘man of the match’ Finley Barbrook and Reuben Harvey to play their shots and reach the winning line with 10 balls to spare.
The Melton u13s have played well in this competition throughout the summer and deserved their place in the final. However, while the Melton team showed what they could do sporadically, Southwold claimed the title by playing steady cricket throughout the final.
Charlie Green b. H Barbrook 20; James Bridges b. Cordeshi 22; Saxon Earley b. F Barbrook 25
Ben Granville Ct & b. F Barbrook 2; Sam Johnson ct unknown b. F Barbrook 0; Cameron Graveling ct Fuller b. H Barbrook 0; Lohit Kannan not out 2; Oli Leinster b. F Barbrook 2; Extras 14. Total 87 all out (Sonny Dakin 2-0-17-0, Ben Simmons 2-0-8-0, Liam Cordeshi 1-0-10-1, Ezra Fuller 1-0-5-0, Joe Booker 2-0-15-0, Finley Barbrook 3-0-14-4, Harry Barbrook 2-0-13-2)
Ezra Fuller run out (Earley) 25; Sonny Dakin run out (Kannan) 6; Harry Barbrook ct Green b. Graveling 6; Finley Barbrook not out 14; Reuben Harvey not out 17; Extras 20 (James Bridges 3-1-10-0, Charlie Green 2-0-9-0, Saxon Earley 3-0-22-0, Cameron Graveling 2-0-8-1, Lohit Kannan 1-0-10-0, Ben Granville 2.2-0-18-0, Sam Johnson 1-0-4-0)