Great Melton U15 beat Diss U15 by 6 wickets at Diss in the Andy Seely Trophy
Great Melton U15s began their season with a well deserved win at Diss. Having lost the toss Great Melton were invited to field. Michael
Farmer, skippering the team for the first time, started with an attacking field and with Darshan Rai and Josh Mellor opening the attack Great Melton showed their intent from the word go. Some adventurous batting from Diss rapidly progressed the score to 55 before Tom Hunter (1-18) produced a dream ball to make the crucial breakthrough. Stuart Wilson 3-0-10-1) came into the attack and immediately made a breakthrough by removing the dangerous Pask for 37, and continued to bowl with great maturity to restrict Diss. Having scored 71 off 11 overs, and looking to increase the run rate, Diss were restricted to only 103 off 20 overs by some excellent bowling by C Woolrich (4-0-11-1) & Joe Bickel (3-0-8-1).
Great Melton, wanting just over 5 an over, started brightly with Joe Bush playing a typical aggressive range of shots. However, with the loss of Bush (10) the run rate slowed slightly as Farmer and Hunter were subjected to some fine bowling from the Diss bowlers, Farmer (13) departed with score on 39, followed soon after by Joe Bicke.l With an increase in the run rate needed Darshan Rai was promoted up the order, producing an entertaining bright and breezy 11. This, accompanied by some fine attacking shots by Hunter, brought the game back into Melton’s favour, with the light fading fast and seeing the ball becoming increasingly difficult, Woolrich (11 n/o) came to the crease and produce an excellent cameo innings to bring Melton across the winning line. The stand out innings was in no doubt played by Tom Hunter (38 n/o), promoted to number 3, his innings was well paced and was paramount in ensuring that the run chase was successful. This was a superb team effort from all players played in great spirit by both sides.
Report by Dave Bickel