GREAT MELTON U13s beat BRADENHAM U13s by 74 runs at Melton Park in the Alan Bridgewater Trophy
Great Melton U13’s boys got back to winning ways with an impressive win over Bradenham in the Allan Bridgewater Trophy. After waiting for the rain to stop, Bradenham put Melton into bat after winning the toss. Melton opened with Tom Moye & Aimee Palmer who, on a damp wicket, played some very good shots and moved the score on at a rate of 8 an over. Aimee soon had to retire on 33 Not Out which included Five 4’s and one 6 which brought in Pat Walton. Not long after Pat had been in Tom Moye then had to retire after reaching 30 Not Out which included five 4’s. Walton made sure that the run rate didn’t drop with some very positive shots which meant he also had to retire when he reached 30 Not Out which included six 4’s, but not before Luke Richards got caught for 1 off C.Stephen’s bowling. This brought to the crease Finlay Hughes & Bethany Harmer with Finlay scoring 4 Not Out with a cracking drive over the bowlers head. Beth only had one over to face but managed to hit 17 off this over which included four superb 4’s before getting run out on the last ball trying to scrape 2 runs. Great Melton finished their innings with a very good score of 141-2.
There was a small delay for rain before Bradenham could start their innings which began positively hitting three 4’s in the second over before Craig Wilson bowled a 2-wicket maiden to remove C.Stephen (8) & O.Matsell (0). Wilson was again involved in the action in the next over by running out L.Kavern 0 with an excellent throw at the wickets from a distance. Bradenham were now in trouble with the score only on 26-3. W.Sparks & L.Watts put on another 13 runs before Moye had Watts caught for 10 by Walton. Bradenham put on a further 26 runs without loss of wickets finishing on 67-4 from their 16 overs. This was a good performance by Melton with the bat with their bowling not quite up to their normal standards, finishing with 23 in the wides column. Although stand out bowling figures go to Craig Wilson 3-3-0-2 & Tom Moye 3-1-9-1. Melton have now won all 4 Alan Bridgewater games and started their South Norfolk Community League campaign with another victory over Old Buckenham (report to follow).