On a hot evening at Garboldisham, most of the Melton batsmen enjoyed themselves.
Josh Wright succumbed to the first ball of this South Norfolk Community League match, lbw to Arthur Johnson.
Finlay Hughes and Sam Nutt then began the process of building the total, helped by several extras in a partnership of 44 in 4 overs.
When Finlay and Sam departed in quick succession, Pat Walton (1×6, 5×4) and Saxon Earley (1×5, 8×4) compiled an entertaining partnership of 109 in the next 8 overs.
Sam Johnson and Jack Williamson kept the momentum up until Johnson and Zak Ashdown were bowled by successive balls from G Self. However, that only allowed Saxon to return to complete his 50 from the last 3 balls of the innings.
Melton posted a mammoth total of 190 from 96 balls.
The Garboldisham reply initially stuttered with Sam Nutt, Pat Walton and Josh Wright bowling 4 batsmen early on. Arthur Johnson (1×6, 6×4) was then joined by Jess Davey and they put together a partnership of 48, striking any loose deliveries well. When Johnson retired on 41 that prompted another flurry of wickets with Sam Johnson and Ben Johnson (fielding for the unwell Finlay Hughes) both taking wickets including a well taken high catch by Zak Ashdown.
When the home team’s innings closed, Melton were the winners by 101 runs.
A good evening of cricket was played in a positive atmosphere.
Great Melton U13
Josh Wright lbw b Johnson 0
Finlay Hughes ct & b Pringle 16
Sam Nutt b Johnson 2
Pat Walton b Davey 30
Saxon Earley not out 50
Sam Johnson b Self 7
Jack Williamson not out 10
Zak Ashdown b Self 0
Total 190 for 6 wkts
Johnson 3-0-29-2, Pringle 2-0-18-0, Simpson 3-0-41-0, Self 3-0-37-2, Davey 3-0-28-1, Farmer 1-0-14-0, Egg 1-0-8-0
G Self b Walton 1
T Simpson b Nutt 2
A Johnson not out 41
Egg b Nutt 0
E Pringle b Wright 0
J Davey b Johnson 8
Farmer run out (Earley) 1
H Norman ct Ashdown b Johnson 1
Total 89 for 7 wkts
Nutt 3-0-16-2, Walton 2-0-7-1, Wright 2-0-10-1, Ashdown 2-0-22-0, Williamson 2-0-11-0, S Johnson 3-0-10-1, B Johnson 1.5-0-5-1″