GREAT MELTON U15s lost to NORWICH U15s by 3 runs at Postwick in the South Norfolk Community League
The U15s followed up a last ball victory at Hethersett & Tas Valley with an equally thrilling last ball defeat at Norwich. However, cricket was really the winner with both sides given a standing ovation off the field at the end.
Norwich won the toss and chose to bat in the better light early on. After the early loss of Ollie White to Ben Johnson’s (3-0-19-1) first delivery, Will Bowman and Alex Durrant steadied the innings early on and then accelerated for a partnership of 68 from 10 overs. Cameron Graveling (3-1-18-1) accounted for Alex Durrant though the impressive Will Bowman powered on to complete his 54rtd with a 6 over long on.
The Melton bowling was generally accurate with only 3 wides and 1 no ball bowled, only 1 bye was conceded by Oli Leinster and the fielding was enthusiastic which kept the Norwich total to 106-2.
Kai Wilkinson-Loines|(3) and Atticus Evans-Lombe (51) started with the urgency of running between the wickets that was required taking 21 from the first 3 overs. A miss-timed pull to square leg accounted for Kai and Cameron Graveling(1) was bowled by Conner Peters soon after.
This brought Josh Wright (20) to the wicket and despite accurate quick bowling from Will Bowman (3-0-12-0), Josh and Atticus added 61 runs in just over 7 overs with running between the wickets that really put pressure on the fielding side. With 18 needed from just under 4 overs a Melton victory seemed likely. However, Max Brister trapped Josh lbw and this triggered clatter of wickets as each batsmen tried to give Atticus the strike. Atticus powered a straight drive for his sixth boundary to bring up his 50. Fading light was causing difficulty for the keeper and byes kept Melton in the hunt until Atticus was left with 4 required from the last ball from Luc Brister (3-0-14-3). An uppish pull to mid-wicket was caught by Ben Stewart-Miles to win the match for Norwich by 3 runs.
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