A very close game that ebbed and flowed throughout, saw Topcroft – with their final pair at the wicket – edge a narrow victory over Great Melton U13s at Melton Park. Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Melton captain Sam Davey with Harrison Cunningham put together an excellent 1st wicket partnership. However, with 5 overs to go and 68 on the board, both were out in an attempt to increase the scoring rate. Sam scored 28 and Harrison 38. The remaining batsmen then struggled against some good Topcroft bowling and a final score of 92 was, perhaps, a little under-par given the good start. For the visitors Rhys James took 2-17 and Lewis Reeder 1-7 in 3 overs, with only 7 wides conceded in the 16 overs.
Melton had to bowl well to defend 92 and Daniel Graves and George Woodcock kept things very tight at the start. When Owen Roberts was run out by George Ryan and then a combination of Will Bailey and Sam Davey also ran out Topcroft’s County player, Reeder, Melton looked to be in the driving seat. Jake Jackson had other ideas, though, hitting a quick 20 while Will Griffin-Sparrow (14) hit 2 fours and launched Harrison over the wall for six in the same over to change the complexion of the game. A fine catch in the deep by Harrison removed Griffin-Sparrow but Jayden Collins (13) helped Jackson edge ever-closer to Melton’s total. Woodcock snapped up Collins off Will Bailey and Daniel Graves returned to bowl James to set up a nail-biting finale. Needing 3 runs to win with the last pair at the wicket, a ‘wide’ made the scores level before Owen Lockwood guided the ball through the gulley for the winning run in the 15th over.
George’s 2.1 overs cost only 7 runs, Adithya Velu conceded just 8 off his 2 overs while Daniel took 1-10 from his 3. There were wickets for Harrison (1-22), Oliver Wormstone (1-20) and William (1-12), two run-outs and two fine catches but, in the end, Melton probably just didn’t defend the boundary well enough. Well done to Topcroft, though, especially their bowlers.
The U13s play their final SNCL match – also the final game of the Junior programme – at home to Rocklands next Wednesday at Melton Park.
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