Great Melton girls made a little bit of history when the Robyn Edge and Beth Harmer strode confidently out to bat against Rocklands in the South Norfolk Community League. The Melton girls became the first club all girls side in Norfolk to compete in an ‘open’ age-group competition. It didn’t start well for them as Robyn was bowled by the first ball of the match from Rocklands skipper N.Coates but, from then on, things got decidedly better! Harmer and Aimee Palmer played some excellent shots on both sides of the wicket in a partnership of 40 before Palmer unluckily played on having scored a fluent 23. Harmer was caught and bowled by Andy Thresh for 15 as Melton reached 54-3 in the 8th over. This brought together Rebecca Greenslade and newcomer, Emily Grisewood and they set about blunting the Rocklands attack with solid defence and some good running. Both girls never looked in any great trouble as they steadily pushed the score along to 87 before Greenslade was caught off the last ball of the innings for a valuable 15, leaving Grisewood unbeaten on 11. Thresh (3-0-9-1), D.Eke (2-1-7-1) and J.Barlow (3-0-14-1) were the Rocklands wicket-takers.
After a stirring team talk from manager Hannah Brook, the girls knew their bowling had to be good to defend 87 and it was! Beth Harmer conceded just 2 runs in her 3 overs to set the tone and Grisewood was similarly economical in a spell of 3-0-3-1 which brought the wicket of Currie, bowled for 2. It was 11-year-old Holly Marchant (3-0-16-1) who got the vital wicket of dangerman Coates, however, bowling him for 15 just as he looked threatening. Greenslade and Cassie Mawby returned identical figures of 2-0-11-0 as captain Aimee Palmer, with some astute bowling changes and field placings, starved Rocklands of runs. By the time she brought herself on victory looked assured and her spell of 3-2-10-1 confirmed it. Rocklands finished on 59-3, 28 runs short of the Melton total.
It was a great performance from the girls which should give them plenty of confidence for sterner tests ahead, including a match against our U13 boys! On this showing the lads had better watch out!