GREAT MELTON U13s beat CRINGLEFORD LODGE U13s by 42 runs in the South Norfolk Community League
Superb batting by Fergus Hughes and Tom Moye meant that Melton U13s won the South Norfolk Community League’s top-of-the-table clash but it was not without a few scares along the way. Cringleford, chasing Melton’s impressive 126-1, got off to a flying start and, with I.Singh crashing the ball to all parts of the small boundary, the visitors looked well on course to overhaul Melton’s score. After just 7 overs the Cringleford score was 65-1 and sensible batting for the remaining 9 overs would have set up an exciting finish. In the end, though, the combination of Pat Walton and Beth Harmer’s bowling and a tendency for the Cringleford batsmen to swing across the line meant that the visitors’ collapsed to 84 all out giving Melton a comfortable win.
The match turned in the 8th and 9th overs. First Walton (2-0-20-2) bowled Gazier (10) and Curtis (6) before Harmer (2-0-7-2) bowled dangerman Singh for 39 with a ball that kept low then had Haddon well caught by Craig Wilson. Matt Ling (1.4-1-0-2) cleared up the tail as Cringleford’s batsmen capitulated allowing Melton’s to retain their unbeaten SNCL record.
Melton’s big score was wholly the result of an unbroken 2nd wicket partnership of 126 between Fergus Hughes and Tom Moye who came together in the 2nd over after Ryan Howard was bowled for a duck. Hughes started slowly but gradually accelerated, hitting 5 fours and a six in a well-constructed 53 while Moye produced his best-ever batting display, his innings of 48 not out including 6 fours and a six. The partnership also featured some excellent running between the wickets.