Great Melton U11s performed well in the Horsford Cricket Festival but were not quite good enough to beat Garboldisham who deservedly won the trophy sponsored by Gresham’s School, leaving Melton to pick up the runners-up medals.
Melton’s first group game versus the hosts saw them produce their best performance with James Cooper top-scoring with 12 as they posted 265-1 (261 net) in their 8 overs. Harrison Cunningham then took 2-4 as Horsford made 246-5 (226 net) Melton winning by 35 runs.
Having lost to Horsford, Garboldisham needed to beat Melton to stand any chance of going through to the ‘winners group’ in the afternoon and they duly did, restricting Melton to a net score of 221 (237-4) which was achieved comfortably as Garby replied with 249-2 (239). It meant a 3-way tie but Melton went through as winners of the group based on most runs scored while Garboldisham joined the other group winners Burwell, as best runners-up.
The winners group started with another match against Garboldisham with Melton losing the toss and being asked to bat first for a third time. They produced an improved performance second time around, only losing one wicket (to bowler-of-the-tournament Jack Whitlam), in scoring 235 (231 net), it was’t quite enough, Garby scoring 244-1 to win by 9 runs.
It meant Melton had to beat Burwell to finish second and it was extremely tight. Bunwell scored 246-2 (238 net) with Henry Marsh (1-0-2-1) the wicket-taker (the other was a James Cooper run out). Melton then lost 4 wickets and, with 2 balls remaining, needed 2 to win. A late cut by Harrison Cunningham saw him and Marsh scamper the two needed off the penultimate ball and Harrison did not have to play at the final delivery to leave Melton narrow victors.
Pictured are the Great Melton team of James Robb (Manager), Louie Burkett, Henry Bugg, Henry Marsh, James Cooper, Louie Armstrong-Brown, Sam Davey, Harrison Cunningham & Alfie Sutton.