GREAT MELTON U15s beat GREAT ELLINGHAM U15s at Great Ellingham in the Andy Seeley Trophy.

Good bowling that restricted the home side to 53 off 15 overs, followed by a mature innings of 34 not out by Joey Greenslade enabled Great Melton U15s to complete their Andy Seeley Cup programme with a much-needed victory at Great Ellingham after a series of defeats. After a delay following an injury to a cyclist who needed medical attention at the ground, the match was reduced to 15 overs per side. Michael Farmer won the toss and elected to field and bowling was very tight particularly from the U13 representatives, Luke Marchant and Ben Carding.

Although they were chasing a small run target, Melton’s innings got off to a bad start with Farmer lobbing a full toss to mid off in the second over and Craig Woolrich being adjudged LBW quite soon after. Joey Greenslade steadied the ship, however, and picked off the bowlers to keep up with the required run rate. Poor shot selection accounted for the Carding brothers after they had appeared to have settled in, Marchant was unfortunate to be bowled by a ball that kept low and it was left to Greenslade and Hadi Kashif to see the team home which they did with almost two full overs to spare.

Overall a good performance particularly in the field with some accurate bowling well supported by good close fielding and catching (Sam Carding, Haddi Kashif) and an excellent run out (Ben Carding) but batting remains a problem area, in particular, shot selection and tactical awareness. Melton have completed their Andy Seeley group matches but their record of 3 wins and 3 defeats means they will not qualify for the quarter-finals.

Simon Carding

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