Great Melton U11’s lost to Swardeston U11’s by 1 run at Melton Park in the Terry Moore Trophy.
With both sides evenly matched it was Swardeston who ran out narrow winners in a high standard match.
Batting first Great Melton opening pair Ben Johnson and Joseph Graves ran between the wickets extremely well and posted 26 runs in the first 4 overs despite losing 2 wickets. The second pair of Henry Marsh and Henry Bugg added a further 12 runs in next fours overs without losing any wickets, both played well with good control. Next came Mohit Badimela and Ben Gaskin who played well to add a further 19 runs, however were pegged back by losing 2 wickets in their last over to the accurate bowing of Harry Thomas. Final pairing of Corey Rushton and Jamie Granville added an impressive 34 runs with some strong hitting, they were unlucky to lose 2 wickets in their 4 overs. Melton’s finished on a total of 291 for 6 wickets nett score of 255.
Swardeston made a steady start to their batting innings with Hood and Kenyon contributing 17 runs without losing any wickets. The second pairs of Pantazis and Herathge threatened to take the game away from Great Melton with some strong hitting especially by Pantazis who scored 20 runs, however good bowling from Mohit and Ben Gaskin halted Swardeston progress and picked up a vital wicket. At the halfway stage Swardeston’s score was 241 for 1 nett 235.
The next batting pair batted well but accurate bowling restricted them to only 11 runs but no wickets lost. With 4 overs to go Swardeston’s scored was 252 for 1 nett 246. The game then turned on its head as Melton picked up 2 wickets, a few more runs were added which left Swardeston on 272 for 3 nett 254 at the start of the final over. Ben Johnson bowled an excellent final over which had the crowd on the edge of there seats as 2 byes took Swardeston over the line despite a near miss run out chance. On balance wickets taken decided the outcome of game and Melton’s players will learn a great deal from this experience.
A close match played in great spirit and to a high standard, a excellent advert for youth cricket.