GREAT MELTON U11s beat TAS VALLEY U11s by 51 runs at Flordon in the South Norfolk Community League
Saxon Earley scored his first 50 for Great Melton as the U11s won for the fifth time in five matches to continue their impressive early-season form. Despite some good bowling by the Tas boys who had chosen to field first, Mark Attfield and Saxon gave Melton a very strong platform for victory with an opening stand of 85 that ended when Attfield was caught at mid-off for 15. Earley reached his half-century a few balls later with a drive past cover point then retired undefeated having hit 8 fours in his second-ever fifty. Melton did not quite manage to match the scoring rate over the last four overs, losing Charlie Green for 8 and Olly Black, run out off the last ball for 3 but 116-3 still represented a very good batting display. Wilkes (1-13) and Hurst (1-18) were the Tas wicket-takers.
In reply the home side batted well, Ben Way and Jack Gibson proving difficult to dislodge but Melton’s fielding was excellent and the bowling more consistent than Tas Valley’s. Although Way and Gibson added 60, the runs came off 14 overs and any chance of victory had long disappeared before Gibson was trapped lbw by Sam Johnson for a very good 27, the only wicket the home side lost in reaching 65-1.
All the Melton bowlers performed well with U9s captain, Ben Johnson returning the most impressive figures of 3-1-5-0. Brother Sam took 1-13 from his 3 overs while Kit Fordham’s leg spin and Olly Black’s accurate seamers also impressed in another good all-round performance.