GREAT MELTON U11s beat HETHERSETT & TAS VALLEY U11s by 33 runs at Melton Park in the Terry Moore Trophy
The U11s got the junior season off to a flying start with an impressive all-round performance against Hethersett & Tas Valley. With James Bridges and Callum Sparks making their debuts, Jack Gorman taking on the wicket-keeping role for the first time and a rookie captain in Olly Leinster, the team rose to the challenge against a good Tas side. Invited to bat first, Jack Gorman (13) and Mark Attfield (2) got Melton off to a good start adding 21 without losing a wicket. Lohit Kannan (9) and Olly Leinster (8) then continued the good work with the most productive partnership of the innings – 27. Sparks (1) and Bridges (4), playing their first-ever competitive game, played a few rash shots to begin with and Callum was bowled but settled down to play much straighter and hit some good shots to take the score to 255-1. Last pair Holly Marchant (3) and Charlie Green (8) were both dismissed once as Tas Valley earned some reward for their impressive bowling and fielding but the pair still added an extra 5 runs giving Melton a total of 272-3, and a net score of 254. Philips (3-2-6-1) and Way (3-0-8-1) were the pick of the visitors bowlers.
Melton’s bowlers also made an impressive start with Green and Attfield (twice) and Marchant all bowling maiden overs which, coupled with a wicket for Attfield, left Tas struggling at 211-1, meaning, in effect only 5 runs had come off the first 8 overs. Although Jack Gibson tried hard to push the score along, hitting two boundaries in his 12, it was too little too late. Superb bowling by Lohit had already seen him clean bowl Worley and Wood and, when he did the same to Gibson, Melton were home and dry. Lohit (3-1-3-3) returned the most impressive figures of the day but all the Melton bowlers bowled well, with Attfield (3-2-5-1) also most impressive as Hethersett & Tas Valley ended on 251-5 (221 net) giving Melton victory by 33 runs.
Jack Gorman, in his first game behind the stumps, was excellent with his Norwich City goalkeeping skills coming to the fore as he didn’t concede a single bye, made some very good takes and was always lively and alert – he looks potentially a very good young wicketkeeper in the making. Captain, Olly Leinster, also did a very good job on his debut as skipper, handling his bowling changes well and proving thoughtful in his field placings. With Tas playing their part in an entertaining game, the standard of the cricket was good and, all in all, it was a very promising start.