Great Melton U15’s beat Old Buckenham by 19 runs at Melton Park in the Andy Seeley Competition
After losing two on the bounce Great Melton U15’s really needed to get back on winning ways. It didn’t look like this was going to happen when Fergus Hughes (4) was caught by Hendrie off Cole’s bowling in the second over. Pat Walton (12) came in to partner Aimee who was already playing well, but in the 5th over after hitting 3 fours Pat was caught off Hendrie’s bowling. Thomas Moye (4) didn’t last much longer getting caught off Bint’s bowling in the 7th over. Aimee Palmer (15no) retired injured after being hit on the elbow so, at this point, things were not looking good. Finlay Hughes (17) & Matt Ling (26no) soon steadied the ship and put on 29 before Finlay went wandering down the wicket and was stumped off Hoyte’s bowling. Kai Wilkinson-Loines (0) didn’t trouble the scorers which left James Bridges (3no) to see the innings out with Matt, with Melton finishing on 97-5 which included 18 extras.
Old Buckenham came into bat knowing they only needed 98 to win and started very positively with M.Hendrie (6) & M.Bint (31no) putting on 35 in 5 overs before Hendrie was bowled by Pat Walton. On came N.Burrows (4) to partner Bint who continued to bat really well until he had to retire on 30. Burrows was the next batsman to fall being bowled by Moye while D.Bint (3) was run out 3 runs later. Now that Bint had retired the Old Buckenham batsman were finding it difficult to score due to the tight Melton bowling. Seven runs later H.Blake (3) was caught & bowled by Matt Ling which meant Buckenham were now on 72-6. Next over without anymore runs scored J.Hoyte (12) was bowled by Fergus Hughes which meant Buckenham going into the last over needing 20 to win. Melton knew if there was 1 more wicket that Bint would come back into bat so decided to try and not get anymore wickets. Unfortunately James Bridges didn’t read the script and bowled H.Free (3) with his first ball which meant Buckenham now needed 20 off 5 balls with Bint on strike. With all the fielders on the bounderies, Bint hit one to cow corner and Fergus miss fielded so they went back for a second. This proved costly as Fergus regained composure and got a direct hit at the bowler’s end to run out R.Cole (0). This meant Old Buckenham were bowled out for 78 with the loss of 7 wickets.
Great Melton U15s
Fergus Hughes c Hendrie b Cole 2, Aimee Palmer retired hurt 15no, Pat Walton c b Hendrie 12, Thomas Moye c b Bint 4, Finlay Hughes st b Hoyte 17, Matt Ling 26no, Kai Wilkinson-Loines b Hoyte 0, James Bridges 3no, Extras 18, Total 97-5 (M.Hendrie 3-0-15-1, R.Cole 3-0-14-1, D.Bint 3-0-11-1, H.Blake 2-0-13-0, H.Free 2-0-7-0, J.Hoyte 2-0-16-2, N.Burrows 1-0-13-0)
Old Buckenham U15s
M.Hendrie b Walton 6, M.Bint 31no, N.Burrows b Moye 4, J.Hoyte b Fergus Hughes 12, D.Bint run out 3, H.Blake c&b Ling, H.Free b Bridges 3, R.Cole run out 0, Extras 16, Total 78-7 (A.Palmer 2-1-5-0, Finlay Hughes 2-0-20-0, T.Moye 3-0-8-1, P.Walton 3-0-13-1, Fergus Hughes 3-0-12-1, M.Ling 2-0-9-1, J.Bridges 0.2-0-1-1)