MELTON PHOENIX lost to LOWESTOFT LIONS by 73 runs at Denes Oval in the Carter Junior Cup Quarter Final.
Melton Under 17s had several key players missing for their Carter Junior Cup quarter-final at Lowestoft and, despite a brave effort, a side containing several U14s and U13s didn’t quite have the depth of batting to chase down the Lions’ 196-8. Having won the toss first time Tom Smith elected to bowl and the opening partnership of Smith and Greenslade had Lowestoft at 54-4, however some mature batting by their middle order saw them develop their innings to 196-8 after 42 overs. Unfortunately this was not the best Melton fielding display, however there was some good bowling performances especially by U13s Craig Attwell and Ben Carding.
With several key batsman missing the Lowestoft total was always going to be a tall order, however Greenslade set off like an express train and the score soon progressed to 30 after 5 overs, however he cut one to backward point and departed. Connor Stearman was unlucky to be given out lbw, and Carding soon followed him back to the Pavilion but Tom Hunter, playing his first competitive game of the season, played some great drives and, first with Michael Farmer then with Joe Bickel looked to repair the damage. Joe and Tom put together a stand of 40, and for a brief moment on a lovely Sunday afternoon, things looked bright for the team, but the wickets of Hunter, out for a good 32, and Bickel within 4 overs ended any sniff of victory. There was just time for Stuart Wilson to show why he should bat at 10 not 11 as the innings closed on 123-9.
Overall the U17’s have used a mixture of juniors from the U13’s upwards and despite this baptism of fire, they can hold their heads high.