GMCC U13s finished a creditable fourth in the Norfolk Festival. All nine players made a contribution and played with great spirit. Melton won two games and lost two,
Their first match was against eventual tournament winners, Vauxhall Mallards. Skipper Saxon Earley, winning the first of three successful tosses put them in to bat. Melton bowlers shared the load, and the pain as VM lost only 2 wickets and closed on 74. Melton started briskly with both Saxon and Jack Gorman scoring freely. Melton, however lost momentum once these two retired and finished 16 runs short.
Next up were Bradfield, Melton batted and started positively and gradually upped the tempo finishing on 80. This proved to be too much for Bradfield as the Melton bowlers squeezed them out of the match backed up by some quality fielding restricting them to 40 for 1 a C+B for Kit with his first ball the only wicket to fall.
Melton were a more confident bunch as they moved on to face Sheringham, Saxon again put them in to bat. Sheringham scored regularly and their scorecard had a symmetry to it with two batsmen retired 21* and 23*, two skittled by Saxon bracketed by two quality run outs one a superb direct hit by Charlie Green. Closing on 73. Melton needed to score at over 9 an over. Losing Jack for 0 might not have been the start he wished for but given that Melton had already got 27 on the board at that stage, Saxon and Lohit both took the game to the opposition and Melton were ahead of the rate when these two had retired. Charlie swiftly scored his 10 but the innings stalled there and Melton were unable to get the 3 runs that they needed with 4 batsmen failing to score.
Swardeston made a confident start but were unable to sustain this. from 34-1 they closed on 63-6. Good fielding again with two smart run outs and two wickets for Josh Wright. Jack Gorman was confident and comfortable in the gloves throughout.. James Bridges, after 3 disappointments finally found his touch with a brisk 20. Once he was joined by Saxon they went to work gleefully and finishing with a huge 6 Melton were home with 3 balls to spare.
An enjoyable day out for all rounded of by Saxon being awarded the umpires choice as best batsman of the tournament, not just for runs scored but for his approach and style. He actually scored 82 runs and never lost his wicket. Melton in fact were the tournaments top scorers and might feel that they might have done a little better on another day.