GREAT MELTON U9s beat NORWICH U9s by 24 runs at Postwick in the John Dewing Competition
Fielding first, Great Melton got off to a good start with opening bowlers Freddie Pattison and George Alcock restricting the talented Norwich batters to 10 runs with the loss of one wicket taken by Freddie. The Great Melton fielders were very alert and soon put the home team under pressure through some good stops and backing up. James Alcock produced a spectacular run out with a clean pick up and high speed throw down of the wicket. Nicholas Conway claimed 2 stumpings and put in another assured performance. Jake Canning painfully stopped a certain overthrow for 4 with his knee, Luke Davies and Jake Tomkins similarly made important stops. The Norwich middle order faced accurate bowling by Jake C, Luke and Jake T which continued to restrict the score. Blade Earley bowled with pace and accuracy taking 1 wicket for 12. Captain James Alcock took 2 for 17 leaving the home team with 274 for 8 a net score of 242.
After a brief break and an attempt to beat the biscuit eating record, Great Melton came out to bat. Openers Nicholas and Jake C picked up every available single and were comfortable against the accurate Norwich bowling. Freddie, Jake T, Luke and George together built up the score to a winning position mainly through quick singles and being alert for over throws. Needing just 6 runs to win the final pair of Blade and James came into bat and sealed the win with Blade top scoring with 18 not out. Great Melton finished with 290 for 6, a net score of 266. The win by 24 runs was an excellent team performance against a talented Norwich team. The post match hospitality of hot dogs and tomato sauce (most of which ended up on the under 9s) was very much appreciated and well deserved.