GREAT MELTON U13s beat BROOKE U13s by 6 Wickets at Brooke in the E.C.B. Competition Norfolk Semi-Final
Melton Under 13s beat the weather and Brooke to win through to the Norfolk County Final of the E.C.B. National Competition. It was the team’s third victory in a busy week of cricket. At first the showery weather looked like it was going to spoil an evening’s cricket but the match got under way with Brooke winning the toss and choosing to bat first. Melton started really strongly with 2 wickets in the first over, some excellent fielding by Lewis Thurston and Kyle Weston running out Horner (1) before Luke Marchant bowled Hambling (0). When S.Bingham (1), fell to Marchant’s excellent pace bowling in the third over, a break for rain saw the home side in real trouble at 9-3. The rain break, followed by another shortly afterwards gave Brooke a chance to re-group and they did so very effectively with the next 2 batsmen scoring freely until both had to retire with Lamb on 32 & Aizlewood on 30. Clark finished the innings for Brooke with 13 not out giving a the home side a total of 104-3 – better than they could have expected after such a difficult start. Skipper Marchant rang the changes with his bowlers, using 8 in all.
Melton’s reply started slowly and they lost Ryan Howard without scoring with the score on only 2. In came Fergus Hughes who, with Marchant moved the score on until Hughes had to retire after scoring a stylish 30. Tom Moye (2) was caught when he top edged a delivery off Bingham’s bowling but Luke Richards then came out to bat and played some very positive shots. Marchant reached a well-made 31 so he also had to retire which brought out Aimee Palmer. She was quickly bowled by Bingham for 4 and Patrick Walton (4) also fell victim to Bingham’s bowling which left Melton needing 15 off the last 4 overs. Richards stayed calm under pressure, however, and saw Melton home in the 17th over, finishing on 16 not out with Thurston 2 not out. Bingham was the pick of the bowlers finishing with figures of 4-0-21-3 but Melton won by 6 wickets and go through to the county final where they will play either Swardeston or Great Witchingham.
Well done to the team of Luke Marchant, Ryan Howard, Fergus Hughes, Tom Moye, Luke Richards, Aimee Palmer, Patrick Walton, Lewis Thurston, Matt Ling, Craig Wilson and Kyle Weston.