Great Melton U15’s beat Cringleford U15s by 96 runs at Cringleford in the Andy Seeley Trophy
Great Melton U15 travelled to Cringleford in the Andy Seely Trophy. Winning the toss, Michael Farmer chose to bat, with Bush departing early for 1, Tom Hunter, already showing great form this season joined Greenslade at the wicket and advanced the score to 61 off 7 over’s before Hunter was bowled by Taylor for 9. Greenslade and skipper Farmer then upped the tempo and proceeded to produce a stand of 100 runs in 10 overs with both batsman despatching the ball to all parts of the ground before Farmer was bowled by Farrant for a solid 39. Greenslade continued to plunder the Cringleford attack and fittingly brought his maiden hundred up with a towering 6. Craig Woolrich hit a breezy 18 as Melton amassed a total of 191 off their 20 over’s.
Great Melton’s opening pair of Rai & Wilson opened up with a combination of pace and accurate bowling and removed ex-Melton juggler Johnny Malcolm for 1 . With all bowlers showing great accuracy and length Cringleford struggle to maintain a run rate which would take them across the line , with only Taylor, who hit a good 54, offering any resistance . Cringleford finished up on 95- 8. Overall another good performance from a team fast developing into a well drilled unit.
Great Melton U15’s beat Thetford U15s by at Melton Park in the South Norfolk Community League
Great Melton hosted Thetford U15’s in the SNCL, with Melton giving opportunities to Peter Frazer, Adam Osborne & Marcus Annegram to experience some competitive cricket for the first time this season and with Joe Bickel taking the gloves for the first time. Farmer won the toss and asked Thetford to bat and they started off at a rapid rate scoring freely on all sides of the wicket. With some wayward bowling and poor fielding Thetford were looking at posting a score in excess of 120, however with some tight bowling at the death Thetford were eventually bowled out for 99, with Peter Frazer ending with figures of 2-9 off 3 over’s.
Melton got off to the worst start with the normally reliable Woolrich departing first ball. This brought Bickel to the wicket who, with Farmer, rapidly advanced the score to over 50 in rapid time. Bickel departed for 16 but Dylan Green strode to the wicket for his first knock of the season looking focused and with Farmer in free flow they continued the run rate and took Melton across the line with 2 over’s to spare. Green showed great determination and hit some powerful blows to end up on 26 not out, with Farmer carrying his bat for a mature 44. A good performance by the 8 players, however with extras and misfields contributing to the score, Melton will need to tighten up if they are to defend the title they won last year.
Reports by Dave Bickel