GREAT MELTON beat ASHMANHAUGH & BARTON WANDERERS by 119 runs at Barton Turf in the TGS Women’s League

Melton Ladies achieved their first victory in the TGS Women’s League when a superb unbeaten partnership of 169 between Robyn Edge and Emily Reay proved too much for the newbies of the league, Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers. Melton did not know what to expect from the Barton Turf side but, with the home team unwilling to do a ‘toss’, Melton ended up batting. Robyn Edge and Emily Reay took centre stage, starting off hitting singles and twos and then waiting for that bad short ball and hitting it to four. It took only 11 overs for Robyn to reach her 50 just before the drinks break. At drinks both girls were looking comfortable and relaxed, however it wasn’t until the manager said, “ Now let’s get this run rate going” that the game really started to take off.  By the time Emily Reay reached her 50 both girls were finding the boundary regularly.

Melton finished on 169 for no wicket, a great performance from our openers, Edge finishing with 64 and Reay 55.

Melton opened with Laura Marzolini and Sophie Harrad who bowled a good line and length. Harrad soon dismissed fellow county player Lauren Hemp. With Robyn on form with the bat, it was the turn of Laura Edge to show off her bowling with figures of 2-0-6-2. Ashmanhaugh’s wickets kept on falling and an excellent run out between Beth Harmer and Hannah Brook along with some fine boundary fielding from Emily Russell, meant the visitors were bowled out for 50 and Melton won the match by 119 runs.

The match saw two mother and daughter duo’s involving Sophie and Charlotte Harrad and Leah, Hannah and Joanne Brook. Sunday was not only Melton Ladies first win but was a family game as well! I hope this encourages older ladies to play!

GREAT MELTON U13 GIRLS finish 3rd in Old Buckenham’s Tournament

On the 29th July Melton U13 Girls played  in Old Buckenham’s tournament. The girls played Swardeston , Brooke and Old Buckenham and came 3rd out of five teams due to Melton drawing with Old Buckenham who came first. There were some great performances from all of the girls with two off ours hitting sixes.

The success of the ladies and girls’ teams plus the fact that many more girls are playing in the age group sides and even the senior men’s sides, show just how much the girls’ section has progressed over the last two years.

Thank you to Laura Edge, Joe Greenslade and Luke Marchant who came with their siblings and helped out. We may not have won but we looked the” bees knees.”

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Hannah Brook