GREAT MELTON U11s South Norfolk Community League match against GARBOLDISHAM U11s at Melton Park was abandoned because of rain.
Melton’s all-conquering U11s warmed up for their Terry Moore Final on Thursday by scoring a record 199-2 in 16 overs against Garboldisham then had the visitors at 35-4 when Hurricane Bertha made an appearance and robbed Melton of victory with just 5 overs to go.
Against a much less experience Garboldisham side, Saxon Earley and Jack Gorman fully exploited the visitors lack of match practice, running on virtually everything and hitting any loose bowling to the boundary. The score raced to 96 in just 6 overs and Saxon had just celebrated his fifty when he went for one quick single too many and was run out for 54. Gorman then suffered the same fate having scored an impressive 22 which brought together a new partnership of Olly Leinster and Mark Attfield. Despite one or two ‘yes-no-maybe’ moments the pair continued to scamper runs and, with 2 overs left and the score on 158-2, Attfield and Leinster retired on 16 and 10 respectively. It left Josh Wright and debutant Josh Allen to face the final 2 overs and they added a further 41 runs with Wright hitting 5 fours in his 23. Garboldisham were left needing 200 to win and their cause wasn’t helped by the fact that they had conceded 72 ‘extras’!
Leinster (2-0-5-1) then struck an early blow for Melton trapping Jess Davey lbw in the 3rd over and a wicket for Gorman (2-0-8-1) then two in successive balls from James Bridges (2-1-2-2) reduced the visitors to 29-4 in the 9th over. Captain David Thorne was batting well, however, and had scored 18 when Hurricane Bertha made her unwelcome appearance. As the light drizzle suddenly became a torrent, the players raced from the field with Garboldisham at 35-4 from 11 overs. There was no chance of getting back to bowl the final five overs so, unluckily for Melton, the game was abandoned as a ‘no result’.
Nevertheless, given the forecast, it was perhaps a bonus to play any cricket at all and it gave Melton’s players some practice before their final. It also gave Allen the opportunity to play his first match and show his bowling prowess with figures of 2-1-7-0.