GREAT MELTON U13s beat MUNDFORD U13s by 85 runs at Mundford in the South Norfolk Community League
Cameron Graveling scored 42 not out and took 1-5 in 3 overs of left-arm spin as he made a welcome return to action after missing most of the season with a broken arm. Cameron, who was recently named man-of-the-match for Norfolk U12s following his first fifer for the county, opened the batting after Sam Johnson had won the toss at Mundford. He added 28 for the first wicket with Jack Gorman (9) before Jack ran himself out, but the most significant partnership came with James Bridges. The pair scored 80 in 8 overs, with Bridges contributing 29 before being very well caught by Will Martin. Graveling eventually retired having scored an excellent 42 that included 6 fours. Skipper Johnson then took up the challenge of adding a few late runs, hitting a superbly-timed six over square leg in his 12 not out. It enabled Melton to score an impressive 136-3. Mundford’s fielding was good and the bowlers stuck to their task well with Ciaran Rees (3-0-12-1) the most impressive.
Mundford never threatened Melton’s total as accurate bowling kept them under pressure from the start. They were 14-3 in the 5th over and eventually got to 51-5 with Martin unbeaten on 10. Graveling was as impressive with the ball as with the bat but he was well-backed up by the other bowlers, Bridges (2-1-1-0), Rocco Iaccarino (2-0-10-1), Charlie Green (2-0-4-0), Gorman (2-0-7-1), Johnson (2-0-6-0) and Kashual Avunkumar (3-0-14-1) on his debut. Olly Leinster had his best game so far behind the stumps and there were good catches from Iaccarino and Graveling plus a direct-hit run out by Bridges – although James blotted his copybook slightly by dropping a rather simple catch that would have given Graveling a second wicket.
Nevertheless a good performance from Melton U13s who travel to Bradfield on Tuesday for the Alan Bridgewater Quarter-Final. Unfortunately holidays and an U12 County game mean they must do so without many of their first-choice players.