Great Melton U9s produced an excellent all-round performance to beat Old Buckenham by 68 runs at Old Buckenham Hall. With a very small squad and a late call-off, Melton only had 7 players but, having been asked to bat first in steady rain, they rose to the challenge. Despite losing a wicket to a very good catch in the first over, first pair Jacob Comerford and Niall Thompson added 25 in their 4 overs without further loss. With the rain abating, the middle pairings continued to score freely with speedy Louis Whiddett and Billy Rice running well between the wickets and Francesca Bailey and Sam Cook maintaining the momentum without losing any wickets. Captain George Fawkes then hit some good shots as Melton reached an impressive 301-3, a net score of 289.
The Old Buckenham reply never really got going against some accurate bowling and enthusiastic fielding and the wickets were shared around, Jake getting 3, as the home side were restricted to 261-10 and a final total of 221.
Playing only their second game, Manager Carl Fawkes was delighted with the performance, especially the improvement in running and calling from the first game against Great Ellingham.