It was not just the sun that shone on Sunday morning as the Under 9s and Under 11s both achieved victories. The U9s beat Bradfield in the John Dewing Competition and the U11s defeated Tas Valley in the South Norfolk Community League.
GREAT MELTON U9s beat BRADFIELD U9s by 73 runs at Bradfield in the John Dewing Trophy
Batting first, Great Melton made 300 for 2 ( 292) away to Bradfield. Lohit Kannan scored 11 not out as he moved the score along with some powerful shots. Pick of the partnerships was between Holly Marchant (12) and Cassie Mawby (2) who, for the second week running, did not lose a wicket and ran several byes. Ethan Rushton and Charlie Green also played some good shots. It was not until the 6th over of the Bradfield innings that the first wicket fell, taken by Ben Johnson who bowled with a now familiar accuracy and calmness. Lohit and Cameron Graveling both took 3 wickets for very few runs. Wicket keeper Nat Buxton stood up to the stumps for most bowlers, putting the batters under pressure and made many excellent stops. Bradfield finished 259 for 10 wickets, a net score of 219 giving Melton victory by 73 runs. Bradfield were superb hosts, providing ice cream and biscuits which the under 9s showed great skill in eating very quickly. It was Melton’s 4th victory in 6 Alliance matches and club’s youngest team is still in contention for a place in the semi-finals.
GREAT MELTON U11s beat TAS VALLEY U11s by 40 runs at Melton Park in the South Norfolk Community League
A good game at sunny Melton Park ended with Melton U11s winning by 40 runs. Melton’s total owed much to a solid opening partnership of 52 in 6 overs between Pat Walton and Finlay Hughes that ended when Walton was adjudged lbw to Spruce for 32. Hughes followed in identical fashion for 27 but Josh Wright (21 not out) and Sam Johnson hit some excellent boundaries to push the score up to 123-3, Johnson running himself out off the last ball for 8. Spruce was the pick of the Tas bowlers with 3-0-15-2.
Tas Valley skipper Tom Howard opened the innings and batted very well but a wicket for Walton (2-0-5-1) and two in successive balls by Olly Leinster (3-0-19-2) reduced the visitors to 27-3. Reuban Merideth (13) gave his captain some solid support to keep Tas in the game but, when Walton caught dangerman Howard off Hughes’ bowling for 32 and Johnson bowled Merideth, Melton looked safe. Will Worley and Leah Podmore survived the final few overs but Tas Valley finished on 83-5. The final margin of victory – 40 runs – was comfortable but Melton still need to improve their fielding. Hughes finished with 1-13 from his 3 overs and Johnson’s figures were 2-1-7-1.