GREAT MELTON U13s beat Hethersett & Tas Valley U13s by 46 runs at Melton Park in the Alan Bridgewater Trophy
With captain James Bridges scoring an unbeaten 31 and Lohit Kannan hitting 25 not out and taking 2-10, Great Melton U13s made it two wins out of two in the Alan Bridgewater Trophy against 7-man Tas Valley. Bridges’ second successive ‘retirement’ having reached 31, added to Kannan’s innings and an enterprising 28 from Josh Wright meant that Melton were able to overcome the loss of Jack Gorman for 6 and Charlie Green, well caught by Bird for 3, to post 125-3 off their 16 overs. There were 2 wickets for Bird in addition to his catch but the batsmen were generally on top and Bridges, Kannan and Wright all played some delightful shots.
Tas Valley’s reply got off to a solid start with Ben Way and B.Davies putting on 29 for the first wicket before Davies (13) was run out by Wright’s superb direct hit. Two wickets in successive balls from Kannan saw Gibson (caught one-handed by Bridges for 3) and Worley (bowled first ball) depart and, despite some very good batting from Way, the visitors reply ran out of steam. Way was 6th man out for a good 26 and, although Worley returned as ‘8th batsman’ and put his duck behind him with two fours in his 9, he was bowled for the second time by an absolute gem from Wright and Tas were all out for 79.
Melton’s fielding was excellent with three ‘direct hit’ run outs from Wright, Green and Gorman and some fine backing up, especially by Olly Black. Ben Fletcher in his first game for the U13s bowled with good pace and the wickets were shared between Kannan (2), Wright and Green who conceded just 4 runs in his 2 overs.
It’s been a good start for the U13s who were looking forward to their first 11-a-side match tonight at Melton in the ECB Cup only for Sprowston to call off – unable to raise a side!