Played under glorious blue skies, the Gt.Melton u11s played a Crusaders Rugby club invitational side (which included 4 Melton juniors) on Sunday 27 August in a friendly match.
Winning the toss, Melton skipper Oliver Fitzgerald invited Crusaders to have a bat on a lovely wicket. Melton’s opening bowlers of Thehan Bilyard (2-0-8-0) and George Ryan (2-0-3-0) bowled an excellent spell to make scoring difficult for the Crusaders opening pair of Luke Davies(4) and Xander (4). This good bowling was continued by Thomas Gray (2-0-14-0) and Fin Adams (2-0-6-0) who bowled with good control to the Crusaders pair of Solomon and Sam McKay (12). Crucially after 2 pairs, the Crusaders had not lost any wickets, which would eventually help their net score.
Sam Tredgett on debut as a wicketkeeper was superb, and did not let through any byes. He followed this up with a tidy over of bowling (1-0-7-0).
Crusaders captain James Alcock batted with the same intensity he has shown all year to finish with 22. Likewise George Alcock looked good for his 10 runs and he was well supported by Daniel who finished with 5 runs. They did not have it all their own way, with Adi Santosh bowling an excellent spell of spin bowling to finish with 3-0-16-3 and skipper Fitzgerald bowled good lines at the death and deserved more for than his 2-0-14-0. At the interval, Crusaders finished on 3-277, a net score of 262.
Thomas Gray (7) and Sam Tredgett (6) opened the batting for Melton, and got the innings off to a good start. Both boys hitting lovely boundaries, and Thomas in particular being denied extra boundaries by good Crusaders fielding. Fin (3) and Adi (3) ran well between the wickets, and batted sensibly against good bowling from James Alcock (3-0-8-2) and George Alcock (2-0-6-1). Thehan, George (10) and Oliver (7) looked very comfortable batting, and took singles where possible. They faced leg spin bowling from both ends, with Sam McKay (2-0-4-1) and Luke Davies (2-0-9-0) bowling with good control at the end of the innings.
The Crusaders team fielded very well, and 3 direct hit run outs made scoring difficult for Melton. They finished on 7-251, a net score of 216.
The day was a great success, with all the boys playing with an excellent attitude. The players and supporters later enjoyed an excellent tea supplied by Claire Alcock and Lucy McKay. Parents were asked for a donation towards match fees/teas which will go towards the new nets project, and over £60 was raised. Many thanks to Martin Alcock for suggesting this friendly and arranging a Crusaders team. Thank you to Lucy and Claire for the excellent tea, and thank you to Mike for preparing a beautiful wicket for the boys.
We hope that this friendly will become a regular feature on the Melton fixture card in years to come.