GREAT MELTON U13s lost to SWARDESTON U13s by 81 runs at Melton Park in the Alan Bridgewater Trophy
Without key players, Saxon Earley, Ben Granville, Lohit Kannan and Jack Gorman, Great Melton U13s were no match for a strong Swardeston team containing numerous County players. Having won the toss Melton produced a strange ‘curate’s egg’ of a fielding performance. They were excellent at times – Sam Johnson in particular who affected two direct-hit run outs – but the golden moments were interspersed with a great deal of sloppiness and a failure to protect the boundaries as Swardeston reached 144-3 in their 16 overs. Josh Wright, having dismissed Elliott Fox (5) in his first over, bowled particularly well to return figures of 3-1-14-1 but Zach Taylor (33) and Tom Bailey (30), who both retired having reached 30, Ed Taylor (20 not out) and Joe Beadman (14), helped by a higher-than-usual ‘extras’ column (34!), saw the visitors reach 144.
The total looked beyond Melton’s rather weakened batting line-up and their hopes of at least reaching three figures weren’t helped when James Bridges ran himself out off the second ball of the innings. Charlie Green showed excellent application, though, combining solid defence against the Swardeston opening bowlers, Bailey and Khan, with some good attacking shots as he scored an unbeaten 30. With Wright lasting several overs for his one run and Olly Black only lasting 3 balls for his, Melton struggled and the score was only 29-3 off 10 overs. Sam Johnson, playing his first match of the season, played and missed at a few early in his innings but grew in confidence before being stumped off the last ball for 12 as Melton finished on 63-5 to lose by 81 runs.
Beadman (2-7) was Swardeston’s most successful bowler but there were wickets for Ed Taylor (2-0-7-1) and Joe Warman (3-1-8-1) while Khan conceded just 3 from his 2 overs.
Wright, with the ball, Johnson and Kit Fordham in the field and Green and Johnson with the bat, all performed well and showed what can be achieved with a bit of application but, generally, it was an inconsistent un-Melton-like performance and any deficiencies we’re punished by a good Swardeston team.