GREAT MELTON U13s beat GREAT ELLINGHAM U13s by 26 runs at Great Ellingham in the South Norfolk Community League

Two days after their last gasp defeat at Old Buckenham, Great Melton U13s returned to winning ways at Great Ellingham.  Winning the toss and electing to bat, Melton gave an opportunity to several players who had not had much chance to wield the willow and Harry Ryan, Henry Bugg, Mohit Badimela and Alfie Sutton were all pushed up the order.  Unfortunately the ploy seemed to backfire as Amber Thompson and Megan Grant showed their version of “girl power”, removing Ryan (2), Bugg (1), caught by Thompson off Dominic Mayne, and Johnson (8) to reduce Melton to 20-3.  Badimela and Sutton then played sensibly in a partnership of 47 before the former was caught for 11.  Joseph Graves then joined Sutton for a brief cameo, hitting a six and two fours in a quick 15 before Ethan Rushton (5 not out) saw the score to 91-5 off 16 overs.  Sutton was unbeaten at the end on 19.  Grant (1-6), Thompson (1-7) and Aaron Draper (1-9) were Ellingham’s best bowlers as Mayne’s 2 wickets came at the cost of 31 runs.

The U13s leading run scorer and skipper, Lohit Kannan, did not get to bat but his 3 wickets for 8 runs off 3 overs ensured Ellingham wouldn’t get close to Melton’s total.  There were two wickets for Rushton (2-9) and one for Ryan (1-8) while Groves (2-1-2-0) bowled very well without much luck.  Badimela and Sutton took good catches and Ben Johnson did very well as wicketkeeper, only conceding 5 byes as Ellingham finished on 65-6.  Megan Grant batted well for her unbeaten 13 but, once again, Melton gave away far too many ‘extras’, 35  – most of them wides or no-balls – which made Johnson’s efforts behind the stumps even more praiseworthy.

For scorecard click this link: http://greatmelton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3056922

The U13s complete their fixtures next Tuesday at home to Mulbarton.

Steve Phoenix

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