GREAT MELTON U13 GIRLS lost to TAS VALLEY by 4 runs at Flordon in the South Norfolk Community League

Despite the rather damp conditions Great Melton Girls and Tas Valley served up an excellent game of cricket with the girls just failing to overhaul the home side’s 122-1 to lose by 4 runs.  Batting first, Tas openers J.Rolinson and B.Davies played some fine shots in a century partnership but were helped by 50 extras as the girls failed to repeat the high standard bowling and fielding performance they showed against Ellingham the previous week.  Rolinson retired having made 41 but Melton’s persistence was rewarded when Beth Harmer produced an excellent piece of fielding to run out Davies for 26 off the last ball of the innings.  Lucy Morton was Melton’s best bowler with 3-0-11-0.

Lucy began Melton’s reply with Becky Grrenslade and played some good shots, scoring 8 before she was run out following another good piece of fielding.  Beth Harmer joined Becky and some good running combined with some well-struck boundaries saw the pair edge Melton ever-closer to the Tas total.  A six off the final ball of the penultimate over left the girls needing 10 off the final over bowled by Meredith.  Greenslade was trapped lbw off the first ball for an excellent 26, Sam Williamson missed the next two but scampered a bye, then Beth crashed a four through the covers and had to retire.  In came Megan Ellse needing a boundary but Meredith restricted her to a single to give his team a narrow victory.

It was a brave effort by Melton but, having scored more runs off the bat than their opponents, they were left to rue the rather large numbers of wides and no balls.

Tomorrow (Thursday) the long-awaited Girls V Boys match takes place at Melton Park.  This is the result of the two teams’ scheduled opponents, Mattishall & Thetford calling off because of player shortages.

Steve Phoenix