GREAT MELTON U15s beat GARBOLDISHAM U15s by 33 runs at Garboldisham in the South Norfolk Community League
Great Melton U15s, like the U13s, were confirmed as SNCL league champions with a 33 run victory against closest rivals Garboldisham at the Langley.
Melton were put into to bat by Callum Olpin, Garby’s captain, after winning the toss bringing openers Joey Greenslade and Rob Smith to the crease. This turned out to be a match winning partnership with Joey hitting the ball around the park and Rob scoring in his own casual and laid-back manner. Joey reached his maiden century which consisted of 20 fours in the 15th over before retiring on 105 . Rob, with 39 not out, and Ben Carding (2 not out) finished the innings with Melton setting the home side a total of 152 to chase.
Zef Ishtiaq removed Olpin in the first over for just 4 runs but B. Ingram decided he was going to attack the Melton bowling with some big shots of his own. Helped by a bit of luck and some average Melton fielding, Ingram reached 55 not out. Alex Rennie bowled M.Bramfield for 11 in the 5th over but, with J Baker scoring 29, that was the last success for Melton’s bowlers. However, Garboldisham failed to chase down Melton’s imposing total, eventually finishing 33 runs short on 119-2, still a commendable effort.
After a stop-start beginning to the season with lots of postponements and defeats in the SNCL and the ECB Cup, the U15s have got better and better as the season has progressed, reaching the quarter-finals of the Andy Seeley competition where they lost narrowly to Acle and winning the South Norfolk Community League. With some of the older u15s like Zef Ishtiaq, Sam Carding, Alex Tonnison and Connor Stearman moving on to the U17s, finishing as champions was a great way to end their ‘junior’ cricket at Melton. Their aim now is to continue to work hard and mark their mark on the senior teams, which many are already doing. Most of all it is hoped they will continue to enjoy playing cricket.
The nucleus of the U15 side remains for next year, however, and, with the likes of Luke Marchant, Ryan Howard, Matt Ling, Ben Bailey and Aimee Palmer moving up from the U13s, 2014 should be another successful year for the U15s.