Great Melton U11s have started the season well with two wins in their first two matches, away at Great Ellingham and at home to Garboldisham. In both games the accurate and penetrative bowling of the Melton youngsters proved too good for their opponents who just lost too many wickets.
Sam Davey led the way at Ellingham taking 4-4 with Sam McKay and Harrison Cunningham both bagging 2-1 as the home side lost 10 wickets in scoring 30. The pairs format meant that, chasing a negative total of 170, Melton only needed to avoid losing 5 wickets in order to win. In fact they lost only one in scoring 345 with James Cooper getting the innings off to a good start with a powerful unbeaten 26. Davey (14 not out), Corey Rushton (13 not out) and Cunningham (16 not out) also made good contributions as Melton won by 169 runs.
Melton’s bowlers did even better against Garboldisham, taking 13 wickets as the home side struggled to 234, a net score of 156. Will Bailey (3-8) bowled particularly well but the wickets were shared around with Harrison Cunningham (2-2), Sam Davey (2-2), Peter Thomas (2-4) and Jamie Granville (2-4) taking two each and Sam McKay and Daniel Graves one. Two early wickets gave the visitors a glimmer of hope but, although a further two wickets were lost, Davey (13), Rushton (19) and Granville (14) led the way as Melton finished on 296-4, at net score of 272, to win by 116 runs.
So, two huge wins to start the season but there are much tougher tests to come.
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