2014_U15 Girls V WalmleyGreat Melton Girls finished runners-up twice in 2 days as the U13s lost out to Old Buckenham in the Lady Taverners’ Softball competition at Garboldisham followed by defeat for the U15 Girls to Walmley from Sutton Coldfield in the Regional Final of the Lady Taverners T20.

Thursday 24th July:  U13s Lady Taverners’ Norfolk Soft-Ball Tournament

Melton’s first game in the Lady Taverners’ Competition was against Old Buckenham. After losing the toss and being put into bat. Holly Marchant scored 20 (retired) with some excellent pull shots. Melton then had to contain a Buckenham big hitter but weren’t successful. She retired which bought in their skipper to finish the game.  A beautiful direct hit from Cassie Mawby gave Melton some hope but the Old Buckenham girls were to good, finding the gaps in Melton’s field..

In the second match against Swardeston Melton decided to bowl first. Skipper Becca Greenslade did well behind the stumps assisting well with some run outs, one being off the bowling of her sister, Alice, who took four wickets including two in two balls. Some great bowling from Caitlin Ellis and Megan Ellse meant that Swardeston were all out.  April Herathge played some great shots and ran very well against her old team.

Our Last Match was against Garboldisham  and the girls struggled to get bat to ball but Garboldisham’s erratic bowling meant we reached their total with 4 overs to spare.  All the girls contributed well with Thea Gosling, making her cricketing debut, fielding well.  Great Melton came second only losing against the winners, Old Buckenham, who now make their way to St Albans in the semi final.

Thank you to Emily Russell , Sophie Harrad , Connor White and Joe Greenslade for their help with coaching and keeping the girls amused.

Friday 25th July: U15s Lady Taverners’ T20 Regional Final

The U15s opponents in the regional Final were Walmley from Sutton Coldfield, the present holders of the Lady Taverners T20 trophy and an even bigger club than Melton in terms of the number of teams fielded – in fact. The U15s, fielding several much younger players, had only played one game through the knock out stages (their Cambridgeshire opponents having conceded) and really didn’t know what to expect but, having won the toss, skipper Aimee Palmer decided to bat first. Runs weren’t coming freely in the first 10 overs when Melton also lost Aimee for 5, however Beth Harmer and Robyn Edge pushed the scores on, running some tight singles and both reaching excellent 50s.  It was very impressive batting from Melton who finished on 136 for 1 – a very challenging total.

Melton, feeling good about their score, had a great start when Sophie Harrad bowled the Walmley opener with her 3rd ball.  Things were looking good but with Warwickshire’s Georgia Davies at the wicket, Melton had to bowl well.  Holly Marchant bowled Walmley’s Number three for 6 but Davies never looked like getting out, playing some powerful shots mainly through mid-wicket.  Another wicket gave Melton a faint hope but Melton were left to rue a few mistakes in the field as Davies ensured Walmley would play in the National Finals in Warwick with a superb 90 not out.  The visitors won with 8 balls to spare.

Norfolk Development Officer, Kevin Denmark said that the innings by Davies was one of the best girls’ innings he had seen before presenting a trophy, medals and certificates to the winners and runners-up.  The game was well contested but played in excellent spirit.   The Melton girls were disappointed but after a slice of Aimee’s birthday cake and a noisy water fight they were soon smiling again!

Thank you must be said to the groundsmen who supplied us with a beautiful wicket, parents for helping with food, all the supporters who came to support the girls and the club, Steve and Saffy for umpiring, Luke Marchant, Charlotte Harrad and Fergus Hughes for scoring and not to forget the manager, coach and girls for getting the team this far into the competition.

The girls have had an amazing season so far and, with three more games to come for the under 13 girls in the South Norfolk Community League, they are currently third in the table fighting for the runners-up spot with Hethersett and Tas Valley.

Hannah Brook