Gt Melton u11s 331-5 (Net 301) beat Sprowston u11s 265-8 (Net 217) by 84 runs at Sprowston in the Alliance Terry Moore Trophy.
Melton u11s travelled to Sprowston on a glorious Sunday morning last weekend. Melton batted first but it was the home side’s bowlers that made the first impact taking a wicket each in their opening spell. Noah Moore (12) and Sam McKay with a career best 20 not out rebuilt the innings and this was increased by a 33 run partnership between James Alcock and Charlie Hosmer before Blade Earley finished the innings in style with a blistering 27*.
Having 101 runs to defend Melton skipper Daniel Graves was able to set an attacking field and this brought dividend with three excellent catches: first a caught and bowled by Angus Jordan on debut and then a superb catch at mid-off from Joel Fox giving James his second wicket of the match. The best was yet to come however as Sam McKay took a stunner at point after the Sprowston batsman timed a shot off the bowling of Blade. Further wickets were claimed by Charlie and Joel thanks to great work by Noah with the gloves though play of the day must go to James who’s incredible 40 yard direct ran out the despairing Sprowston batsman and caused jubilation for the Melton players.
Although currently top of Terry Moore Group 1 with 10 points, having played all their matches, whether the U11s have qualify for the quarter finals will depend on Swardeston and Norwich who need to complete their outstanding games (and win them!) by the end of next week. If they do, it could be a 3-way tie at the top of the group with the places decided by the ratio of runs scored divided by wickets lost.