GREAT MELTON U13s lost to GREAT WITCHINGHAM U13s by 36 runs at Walcis Park in the E.C.B. County Final
Despite an excellent effort by the bowlers in restricting Great Witchingham to 101, Great Melton lost their ECB County final by 36 runs. In the end a Witches side containing a large number of County players were just a little too good for Melton who resisted strongly at first only to slip behind the required run rate. Luke Marchant (17) and Fergus Hughes (19) made good contributions at the top of the order but, at 29-1 off 10 overs and with Melton needing to score at 7 an over, wickets started to tumble in an effort to up the rate. Harriett Lillwall then took 4-10 as the last six Melton batsmen made just 4 runs between them and Melton’s brave effort ended disappointingly with them all out for 65 in the 19th over.
Having won the toss, Melton skipper Luke Marchant elected to field first and Craig Wilson struck an early blow by having the dangerous Flynn Drinkell caught by Ryan Howard for 0 in the first over. The decision to open with Wilson and the spin of Fergus Hughes looked an inspired one as the first 8 overs cost just 22 runs. Wilson produced a superb spell of 4-1-5-1 and Hughes had little luck in 4 overs which cost only 10 runs. Will Grisley (26), J.Ashford (11) and Hudson DeLuchi (21) moved the score on with some good running and, the occasional well-struck boundary and, when they were dismissed, Tyler Murphy (13 not out) and D.Arnold (7 not out) ran well at the end to get the Witchingham score to 3 figures. Nevertheless 101-4 from a powerful batting line-up represented a good effort by Melton. Tom Moye (4-0-25-1) and Marchant (4-0-17-1) were the other wicket-takers and, while there were few wides or no balls, Melton will have been disappointed by the 15 byes conceded.
Having been bowled out for just 31 by Witchingham earlier in the season, 101 still looked challenging and so it proved. There were few loose balls as Charlie Rogers (4-2-4-0), Grisley (4-0-11-0), Arnold (3-0-8-2) and Bateman (3-0-12-1) kept things very tight before Lillwall weighed in with her 4 wickets as Melton’s attempts to up the run rate became more and more desperate.
In the end Great Witchingham were deserving winners and will go on to play the Suffolk winners in the regional section of the tournament. Having watched Witches skipper DeLuchi receive the trophy from competition organiser Colin Bush, Melton were left to reflect on a 7th defeat in 7 county finals. One day we’ll win one!
Thanks to Great Witchingham for their hospitality and the excellence of their facilities.
Pictured are Great Witchingham U13s with the trophy and the Great Melton team of (back row) Matt Ling, Craig Wilson, Fergus Hughes, Aimee Palmer, Ryan Howard, Pat Walton (front row) Luke Richards, Lewis Thurston, Luke Marchant, Thomas Moye and Kyle Weston.