The Great Melton Under 11 team had 4 victories and 1 defeat in the sun drenched Gresham’s Festival on Sunday.

Melton skippered for the tournament by Lohit Kannan had a tough opening fixture against the Gresham Prep school team on a temporary wicket. Melton were held to 39 runs from their 7 overs. However, an excellent bowling performance restricted Gresham Prep to 38 runs in a tense finish.

The second match, played on a regular wicket, against Beeston Hall School allowed the Melton batsmen to show their quality with strong showings from Charlie Green, Lohit Kannan, Jack Gorman and Josh Wright. A good total of 66 was achieved.

Beeston also scored well though another strong bowling and fielding performance kept them behind the required rate. They finished on 54 for a 12 run Melton victory.

After lunch, Horford CC were the opposition and Melton, batting first again, lost a couple of early wickets. However, Cameron Graveling and Ben Johnson batted sensibly and a score of 55 was achieved on the temporary wicket. The wicket allowed Sam Johnson and Kit Fordham to turn the ball and backed up by another solid fielding display Horsford could only achieve 48.

Having topped the group, Melton then faced the Gresham Grasshoppers. With Melton bowling first the home team compiled what looked a useful score of 59 despite good bowling from Ben Johnson, Cameron Graveling, Josh Wright and Lohit Kannan. However, another impressive batting display from Josh Wright, Charlie Green, Lohit Kannan and Sam Johnson saw Melton to 63 with an over to spare.

The final match against the also unbeaten Taverham Hall School proved to be the toughest. Taverham included two Melton players, Saxon Earley and Ollie Leinster, invited Melton to bat. Charlie Green and Lohit Kannan again threatened to post a good score though the bowling was stronger than previously faced. Melton scored 47 from their 7 overs.

Saxon Earley and county player Harry Nunn batted very well so Taverham Hall reached the target in the 5th over.

This was an excellent event put on by Gresham Prep School and all the Melton players enjoyed the day and were a credit to the club.”

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