Great Melton U13s beat Great Ellingham U13s by 1 run at Great Ellingham in the South Norfolk Community League
Skipper-for-the-day, Connor Stearman, took the starring role as Melton U13s won a nail-biting encounter with Great Ellingham by just one run. Stearman scored 32 in Melton’s total of 94-1 then bravely bowled the last over with Ellingham needing 7 for victory. It all came down to the last ball with the home side still requiring two but Connor bowled a dot ball and Melton were the winners! Melton had found runs hard to come by at first with only 18 runs coming off the first 5 overs but Stearman and Ben Carding, realising they had to push the score on, hit 33 in the next 5 overs. Stearman was bowled in the 14th over for 32 but Alex Tonnison scored 9 not out and, with Carding undefeated on 29 Melton totalled 94-1 off their 16 overs, helped by 24 extras. After 5 overs of Great Ellingham’s reply they were 20-1. Matt Rennie took 2 wickets, finishing with figures of 3-0-5-2 and Melton grabbed a 3rd wicket with a run out but Ellingham continued to score steadily leading to a nailbiting finish.
Great Melton U13s lost to Rocklands U13s by 5 runs at Great Melton in the Alan Bridgewater Trophy
A poor batting display proved costly for Melton. The loss of 7 wickets cost them 56 runs from their total of 299 leaving them with a net score of 243. Bad shot selection and poor running between the wickets cost Melton 6 wickets, the 7th coming from a good bit of fielding and direct hit run out. Melton knew they would have to put in a big effort in the field to have any chance of winning and, to their credit, the bowlers worked hard. Ben Carding (2-0-2-2), Connor Stearman (3-1-6-0) and Luke Marchant (3-1-8-1) were the pick of the bowlers with 2 late wickets meaning the result was still in doubt when the final over was bowled. One more wicket would have given Melton victory but Rocklands defended stubbornly and finished their innings on 280-4, a net score of 248. Melton only gave away 7 runs in extras but it was the amount of wickets lost which cost Melton dearly with Rocklands winning by 5 runs.