GREAT MELTON U13 GIRLS lost to GREAT ELLINGHAM by 13 runs at Great Melton in the South Norfolk Community League

After an excellent bowling and fielding performance that restricted Great Ellingham to 95, Melton Girls’ lack of depth in their batting cost them the chance of victory.  At 71-0 off 9 overs Melton looked well on course for another South Norfolk Community League win but Becky Greenslade (18) and Beth Harmer (35) were dismissed in successive balls and, with A.Draper (3-1-6-1) and T.Bunn (3-1-3-1) producing excellent bowling spells, Lucy Morton and Cassie Mawby – try as they might – couldn’t produce enough scoring shots.  By the time Cassie was out for nought off the penultimate ball and Megan Ellse one ball later, the game was lost.  Melton finished 13 runs short with Lucy unbeaten on 8 but, considering the girls were without April Herathge, Sam Williamson and Holly Marchant, it was a good performance.

Ellingham scored 95-1, thanks mainly to Matt Daly (33) and Bisterson (35 not out) who compiled a steady partnership of 92 without really dominating the bowling.  Beth Harmer (3-0-8-0), Lucy Morton (3-0-12-1), Megan Ellse (3-0-18-0) and Caitlin Ellis (3-0-17-0) all bowled very good spells, Beth’s captaincy was  good and the fielding was generally of a high standard.

Ellingham, unfortunately lost their opening bowler, with a calf strain, after just one ball and, initially struggled against Greenslade and Harmer who ran well and were quick to punish any wayward deliveries.  However, with Melton providing a substitute fielder, Ellingham’s bowlers fought back and, once Melton’s opening pair had gone, Melton were pegged back to 2 runs an over when they needed to score at 4 an over to win the game.

With heavy rain during the day it was always touch and go whether the match would go ahead but the decision to play on a fairly wet wicket proved a good one as the evening turned out well and the teams produced a close game.  Thanks to Marcus Mawby for warming-up the girls and scoring.

Steve Phoenix