GREAT MELTON U15s lost to ACLE U15s by 3 wickets at Melton Park ninth South Norfolk Community League

It was a case of ‘after the Lord Major’s Show’ for the U15s who, 3 days after the ‘high’ of reaching the Andy Seeley Cup Final, came back to earth with a bump against Acle at Melton Park.  It was just a below-par performance from Melton, fully exploited by a more focused Acle team who won with just one ball of the 16 overs to spare.

Electing to bat first having again won the toss, Melton were soon in trouble losing Lohit Kannan (2) who played on, Charlie Green (1) run out, Saxon Earley (3) bowled and Oli Leinster (7) also bowled with barely 20 runs on the board.  Skipper Josh Wright then set about the task of putting enough runs on the board to give his side something to bowl at.  He was fast running out of partners, though as Sam Johnson (6) and Ben Fletcher (10) soon departed but, with last man Ben Johnson farming the strike it looked like Wright would reach his 50 and Melton a respectable 120ish until he inexplicably ran himself out with 3 overs still to bowl.  Nevertheless it was a really good effort from Josh who scored 43 as Melton made 103 all out.

The Acle bowling was good with Oliver Reek (1-4), Nathan Shaw (2-10), Angus Blazer (1-25) & Ben Gray (1-2) sharing the wickets.

Blazer (18) and Shaw then threatened to take the game away from Melton, their aggressive batting meant the scoreboard ticked along at a good rate.  The Melton bowlers stuck to their task well, however, and, once the impressive Nathan Shaw retired having scored an accomplished 51, the scoring rate dropped.  Economical spells of bowling from Saxon Earley (3-0-18-01), Ben Fletcher (3-0-16-0), Sam Johnson (2-0-12-0), Ben Johnson (3-0-18-1) and Charlie Green (1-0-5-1) kept Melton in the match and, when the last over arrived, Acle were 4 wickets down, needing 10 to win.  Then panic set in!  As Reek 5 not out) and Debangshu Chakrabati (16 not out) attempted to make ones into twos in Josh Wright’s final over, Melton’s fielding suffered.  Chakrabati hit a four but there were two missed run-outs as Norwich won a nail-biting game off the penultimate ball.

For the second match in a row it was an extremely exciting finish to an really good game of cricket.

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Steve Phoenix

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