GREAT MELTON U15s tied with Horsford U15s at Melton Park in the South Norfolk Community League
A nail biting finish to an excellent game of cricket saw Kai Wilkinson-Loines and Josh Wright come very close to giving Melton U15s a victory against the odds in the South Norfolk Community League. Needing 3 runs to win off the last ball Kai and Josh managed to scamper 2 byes and the scores finished level.
It was certainly a game that swung this way and that so a tie was probably a fair result. Initially the Horsford innings seemed to be slumping to a poor total with only 38 scored when the 6th wicket fell. However, the final pair of Kieran Lamb and Harry George made a solid case for higher batting positions in future with a 54-run partnership from the last 9 overs to take the total to 92-6. Tim Nutt, having really struggled with his first over which went for 15, came back with 3 wickets, all bowled, in a spell of 3-0-26-3 while Wilkinson-Loines (1-8), Wright (1-11) and Sam Nutt (1-7) claimed a wicket each.
Tight early bowling then restricted Great Melton to 21-1 from the first 7 overs. However, Kai Wilkinson-Loines (49no) began to play with increasing fluency assisted by Lohit Kannan (9) in a partnership of 57. When a mix-up led to Lohit being run out, a challenging 34 were still needed from the final 4 overs. Kai was joined by Josh Wright (24 not out) and a combination of boundaries and quick-run 2s led to a dramatic finish. It was just a pity that Kai finished one short of his maiden fifty but the improvement in his batting this season indicates that this can’t be too far away.
A very exciting game of cricket played in a good spirit.