GREAT MELTON U9s lost to SWARDESTON U9s by 97 runs at Swardeston in the John Dewing Competition
Great Melton U9s, with several players playing hard-ball cricket for the first time, faced tough opposition in Swardeston but gave a good account of themselves. Batting was always going to be difficult as the home side’s bowlers were quick and accurate. Will Joyner top-scored with 5 and Jack Joice and Danny Wright scored 4 each but all the batsmen were out at least once as Melton finished on 241-10, a net score of 201. Oliver Longdon took 3-1, Harry Tufts 2-1 and Alex Roach 2-5.
An excellent 16 not out by India Fox was the highlight of the Swardeston reply and, helped by 15 from Freddie Jute and good contributions from all the other batsmen, Swardeston scored 310-3 to win by 97 runs. Owen Ward (3-0-9-0) and Rupert Beasley (3-0-12-1) were Melton’s most accurate bowlers but there were wickets for Jack and Robbie Woods and a catch for wicketkeeper Will who made some good stops in what was, generally, an encouraging fielding display.