MELTON PHOENIX beat BRADENHAM BEARS by 17 runs at Bradenham in the Carter Junior Cup
Michael Farmer scored 72 and took 4-18 as Great Melton Phoenix U17s opened their 2012 Carter Cup exploits with a fine victory at Bradenham. With limited availability from some of the senior players, lads from the U15s & U13s came into the side. Having won the toss, the Bradenham skipper had no hesitation in asking Melton skipper Tom Smith to bat. Michael Farmer and Toby Wyatt opened the innings on an unpredictable wicket. They coped with the uneven bounce until Wyatt received a ball that held up and he was caught for 6. This bought Joe Greenslade to the wicket and Farmer and Greenslade built a 113-run partnership full of fluent shotmaking and good running that was finally broken when Greenslade was run out for an excellent 41. Craig Woolrich fell quickly for 8 and Joe Bickel arrived to support Farmer in a 4-over stand that produced 30 runs and quickly progressed the score to 170. Some delicate shots from the Smith brothers resulted in a very good total of 186 for the loss of 5 wickets with Farmer achieving a career best score of 72.
Melton attacked Bradenham from the outset with Smith and Woolrich putting pressure on the opening batsman. It paid off when Woolrich ran out one of e Bradenham openers with the score on 10. Bradenham reached 45 when Joe Bickel held a catch at cover then Zef Istiaq reduced the score to 46-3 with a great delivery that went through the gate to demolish leg stump. Bradenham started to fight back, with Bradenham opener Will Dewing playing some powerful shots to push the score towards 100. Some more lusty blows and wide deliveries inched the Bradenham score towards Melton’s total as Dewing reached an impressive century but Michael Farmer continued the magic he showed with the bat, but this time with the ball and finished with figures of 4-18 off 4 overs. However, when Smith bravely threw the ball to young Sam Carding with Bradenham only needing 30 runs and with Dewing still there the game was finely balanced. Showing maturity and a steady nerve Carding produced a delivery that tucked up the century maker and the catch was calmly taken by Bickel. Great catches by Woolrich, Istiaq and Wilson kept the balance in Melton’s favour and it was Carding who wrapped up the innings to secure a win by 17 runs in what can only be described as a tense well fought match.
The match showed what talent Melton have at every junior level. Well played lads! A great team effort from all the players.