GREAT MELTON U11s beat BRADENHAM U11s by 92 runs at Bradenham in the Terry Moore Trophy
The U11s qualified for the Terry Moore quarter finals beating Bradenham by 92 runs to top Group 1 with a 10o% record. Things didn’t start well when the late call-off of Holly Marchant because of illness and the late arrival of Sam Johnson and Jack Gorman meant Melton had to start with 5 players. Luckily they were batting first and Cameron Graveling (7) and Charlie Green (7) gave Melton a solid start with 26 without loss. A younger Bradenham team kept themselves in the match by dismissing both Lohit Kannan (4) and James Bridges (6) in the next four overs and, although Jack Gorman was out twice, his partner, Sam Johnson, played some excellent shots in his 12 to take the score to 274-4 by the time the last pair arrived at the wicket.
With Kit Fordham answering an emergency call but not yet at the ground the opposition selected Graveling as the player to bat again in partnership with Saxon Earley and , although some of the running between the wickets was of the kamikaze variety, it panicked the home fielders into a series of mix fields and overthrows. Earley scored 21 and Graveling 7 as 48 runs were added off the last 4 overs to take Melton to 322-4, a net 298.
Melton’s bowling and fielding was much better than that of the home side who found runs much harder to come by. Although Kit Fordham was too late to bat, he bowled a very good spell of leg spin, conceding just 8 in his 3 overs. Left-arm spinner Johnson took 1-1 in his 2 overs while James Bridges bowled 2 maidens and collected a wicket. Lohit Kannan (3-0-4-1), Graveling (2-0-9-1), Green (2-0-3-0) and Gorman (2-0-9-2) completed a fine bowling display and, with Earely marshalling his fielders well to deny Bradenham’s best player, Joe Taylor, the strike, the home side were restricted to 242-6, a net score of 206.
Bradenham were an enthusiastic team with a lot of potential but Melton just had a little too much experience and skill. Their reward for winning the group is a home tie in the quarter- final, probably against Fakenham.