Melton U13s made it to the final of the Alan Bridgewater competition with superb performance in their semi-final at Brooke.
Having lost the toss, Great Melton were invited to bat. Charlie Green and James Bridges were restricted in their stroke play early on by the pace of the Brooke openers Ben Panter and Joe Wicks. However, runs were still accumulating as extras mounted up. James accelerated the run rate when Jake Reynolds came into the attack and bowled a few shorter deliveries. The other change bowler, James Cross, was more successful at the keeping the scoring rate down though when James retired on reaching 30 in the 12th over, the Melton openers had put on 88.
Saxon Earley then strode to the wicket and launched a blistering attack on the later bowling. Partnered initially by Charlie, until he also retired on reaching 30, and then Ben Granville, 64 runs were added from the last 25 balls. Both Ben and Saxon hit 6s out the ground during the 23 run last over onslaught.
While Melton confidence was high at the half way point, early boundaries from both Brooke openers James Cross and the talented Tom Wicks led to anticipation of a close finish in the home camp. However, with the Melton bowlers and keeper (Oli Leinster) offering up very few extras, the Brooke batsmen had to go after the bowling.
Tom Wicks retired on reaching 33 in the 7th over. Josh Wright then came on to bowl and found the full length that previous bowlers (of both sides) had failed to find consistently. Josh bowled opener James Cross for the first wicket of the match with his 5th ball and while he didn’t take another wicket the batsmen were having to try and dig out yorkers and maintain a run rate which lead to 2 run outs.
At the end of the 11th over Brooke had almost matched the Melton score at the same stage (81 for Melton, 80 for Brooke). However, the Brooke batsmen were not able to accelerate as the Melton batsmen had earlier. A Ben Granville over for only 2 runs was followed by Sam Johnson who took the last 3 wickets (including the returning Tom Wicks), all clean bowled, in 4 balls to start the team celebrations.
Brooke fielded a talented young team who can all play in the U13 competition next season and will learn from this match and are likely to go a long way in next year’s competition.
The Great Melton team progress to next Monday’s final at Garboldisham CC against either Swardeston or Southwold.
Charlie Green rtd 30, James Bridges rtd 30, Saxon Earley not out 32
Ben Granville not out 7, Extras 53 Total 152-0 (Ben Panter 3-0-16-0, Joe Wicks 3-0-12-0, Jake Reynolds 3-0-32-0, James Cross 3-0-17-0, Tom Wicks 1-0-16-0, Toby Clark 2-0-29-0, Cameron Tasker 1-0-13-0)
James Cross b Wright 18, Tom Wicks b Johnson 33, Ben Panter Run out(Johnson) 13, Cameron Tasker c&b Earley 4, Joe Wicks not out 10
Charlie Hood Run out (Earley) 0, Jake Reynolds b Johnson 1, Toby Clark b Johnson 0, Extras 7, Total 88 all out (James Bridges 3-0-15-0, Charlie Green 3-0-27-0, Saxon Earley 2-0-18-1, Josh Wright 3-0-9-1, Lohit Kannan 1-0-12-0, Ben Granville 1-0-2-0, Sam Johnson 1-0-3-3)