Before the 2014 cricket season has properly started, Great Melton already have two trophies safely behind the bar! The young ladies team, added to the indoor success of the U14 boys, by beating Lowestoft to win the inaugural NCB Indoor Ladies Competition on Sunday at Taverham Hall. Melton’s team of Emily Reay, Hannah Brook, Aimee Palmer, Sophie Harrad, Robyn Edge and Beth Harmer totalled 248-7, a net score of 213 before restricting Lowestoft to 219-8 (179 net) to give the Melton girls victory by a convincing margin of 34 runs.
First batting pair Aimee Palmer and Beth Harmer got Melton’s innings off to a good start with some excellent running and well-placed shots, despite the loss of 2 wickets and, although the second pair Emily Reay and Hannah Brook found the slow bounce difficult to play and were dismissed four times, the final pair, Robyn Edge and Sophie Harrad batted very well to enable Melton to set a challenging total. Emily’s spin bowling then caused problems for the Lowestoft batsmen and, although Kate Smith, hit the ball hard and threatened for a time, accurate bowling from all the other Melton girls saw wickets fall at regular intervals so that, by the time the final overs were reached, any chance of a Lowestoft victory had been snuffed out.
It was a first trophy for Melton’s Women’s team who won all their games in the competition and, with Hannah Brook the oldest player at 18, overcame a much more experienced team in the final. Norfolk Development Officer, Kevin Denmark, congratulated the team and presented the trophies to the six girls who played in the final plus Laura Edge and Becky Greenslade who played in the earlier rounds. The girls then celebrated, not with champagne as most aren’t old enough to drink, but with chocolate cakes and doughnuts!
The Ladies Indoor Trophy added to the South Norfolk Community Zip League trophy, won by the U14s in early March.