Great Melton U11s & Coaches David Bunn, Marcus Mawby, James Cooper, William Bailey, Harrison Cunningham, Daniel Graves, Matt & Maxine Rushton. Jamie Granville, Sam Davey, Corey Rushton, Louis Armstrong-Brown

GREAT MELTON U11s beat HORSFORD U11s by 55 runs at Melton Park in the Terry Moore Trophy Semi-Final

Melton’s all conquering U11s moved smoothly into the final of the Terry Moore Trophy with a comfortable 55-run victory over Horsford and, once again, it was a real team performance that saw them through a potentially difficult encounter.  Having won the toss and elected to bat two early wickets for Tilly Butterworth (3-0-5-2) set alarm bells ringing but 2nd pair, James Cooper (15 not out) and Louis Armstrong-Brown (10 not out) put together an excellent four-over partnership and the good work was continued by Jamie Granville (22 not out)  and Harrison Cunningham (7 not out).  Two sumptuous cut shots for four from Jamie were the highlights but the partnership also featured some superb running between the wickets.  Last pair Corey Rushton and Sam Davey found run-scoring more difficult as the opening bowlers returned and, although Corey slipped and was unluckily run-out off the last ball, Melton’s innings finished on 310-4, a net score of 286.

Melton were confident their accurate bowling and agile fielding would make this a competitive total and so it proved.  They conceded only 5 extras compared to the 30 conceded by Horsford and, although George Eggett (10), George Woodcock (10) and Max Kirby (14) all made double figures, Horsford never looked likely to overhaul Melton’s score as wickets fell regularly.  They finished on 261-5 (231 net) to leave them 55 runs short with a wicket apiece for Granville and Will Bailey and the others run-outs, the result of some slick fielding.  Daniel Graves, Sam Davey, Louis Armstrong-Brown and Will Bailey conceded just 16 runs between them in their 8 overs to keep the pressure firmly on the visitors’ batsmen.

It means a final at Garboldisham on Tuesday 23rd August (2.00 p.m. start) against either Swardeston or Brooke.  Well done to all the boys, to Manager Maxine Rushton and to coaches Matt Rushton, Marcus Mawby & David Bunn.

For scorecard click this link: http://greatmelton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3193881

Steve Phoenix

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