Defending champions, Great Melton, retained the Lady Taverners’ Under 13 Girls’ Softball Trophy at Garboldisham on Tuesday. The Melton A team of Robyn Edge, Aimee Palmer, Beth Alexander, Beth Harmer, Erin Ketteridge and Alice Greenslade defeated teams from Garboldisham and Old Buckenham as well as Melton’s B Team in a competition reduced from 8 to 6-a-side.
Melton were confident of success with a team containing a large number of county players but, with the other 2 clubs struggling for players, team numbers were changed to 6 a side so Melton’s management team had some tricky selection decisions to make. The result was that Melton’s large squad was divided into two teams with Becky Greenslade and Rebecca Russell leading a young untried B side that also included Cassie Mawby, Kirsty Soanes, Catlin Ellis and Regan Bateman who performed admirably, despite losing all their matches.
The A side were captained by Robyn Edge who led by example having to retire in all 3 games with scores of 20+ including 3 sixes. The destination of the trophy rested on the final game and the clash of the 2 unbeaten teams Melton and Garboldisham. An excellent opening partnership between Edge and Beth Harmer, notable for some excellent quick singles, gave the girls a good platform and some big hitting from Edge and Aimee Palmer towards the end of the innings enabled Melton to total 74. All the girls then bowled well as Garboldisham were dismissed well short of Melton’s total, with an over to spare .
Well done to both teams and big thanks to the back up team of Hannah Brook, Laura Edge and umpire, Joe Greenslade; to mums and dads and the Chairman for supporting, but biggest thanks to the girls for their effort and enthusiasm and, of course, the cricketing skills on show.