GREAT MELTON U11s beat BROOKE U11s by 47 runs at Brooke in the South Norfolk Community League
The u11s travelled to Brooke on Wednesday evening for their third encounter in the SNCL. Batting first Melton were out of the blocks with electric pace. With captain Daniels Graves playing the anchor role at one end, Blade Earley (30*) and then James Alcock (33*) both retired after facing only about 12 balls each. After a decent knock of his own Daniel (10) was run-out with Melton pushing the run-rate further. George Alcock (27) and Noah Moore (17) continued the scoring before both were run-out again unselfishly pushing every run to the maximum. Charlie Hosmer and Sam Mckay finished off the last few remaining balls with some neat singles with George Ryan still in the shed – he would have to express himself with ball in hand !
Brooke are an impressive team and were led well by Harry Grove, so Melton knew they would need to be tight in the field to protect their score. Blade (2-12) made an early breakthrough with a fantastic caught and bowled before that man George Ryan made significant in-roads taking two wickets in two balls. Backed with intelligent fielding George’s accurate bowling really pinned the home side down and a further wicket gave him figures of 3-9 off three overs. Charlie took a wicket with Blade making a good catch as Brooke looked to counter with James Orford (17) giving good support to Brooke skipper. Having previously retired on 30 Grove came back in to push his own score to an excellent half-century (51*) before he finally lost his batting partners as Melton’s excellent fielding produced a run-out (Charlie) for the final wicket. A deserved victory by Melton but and excellent game of cricket with contributions from all players.