GREAT MELTON U13s beat BRADFIELD U13s by 7 wickets at Bradfield in the Alan Bridgewater Quarter Final
James Quilter b Bridges 0
Bertie Tulley b B Johnson 12
Luke Elwes ct Bridges b B Johnson 1
Max Garlick Run out (S Johnson) 0
Freddie Jennor Not out 18
Aidan Russell b B Johnson 0
Aaron Emmerson b S Johnson 1
Fred Garlick ct Graves b Rushton 1
Total 60 all out
James Bridges 3-2-10-1, Charlie Green 2-0-7-0, Ben Johnson 3-2-3-3, Saxon Earley 2-0-9-0, Joseph Graves 2-1-8-0, Sam Johnson 2-0-4-1, Ethan Rushton 1.3-0-6-1
Great Melton U13
Charlie Green Not out 23
James Bridges Not out 24
Aidan Russell 2.5-0-17-0, James Quilter 2-0-17-0, Max Garlick 2-0-1-0, Luke Elwes 1-0-11-0
This was a comprehensive victory against a useful Bradfield side that had topped a group including Vauxhall Mallards, Acle and Horsford to qualify for this Alan Bridgewater Trophy quarter final tie.
James Bridges started the match by hitting the top of off stump to send back opener James Quilter second ball. Opening bowlers James Bridges and Charlie Green tested the batsmen and with tenacious fielding only 10 runs came from the first 4 overs.
The brothers Johnson then entered the fray and swung the game decisively Meltons way. Luke Elwes cut at Ben’s first ball loosener but uppishly straight to James Bridges who made the catch look comfortable. Not to be outdone, Sam ran out Max Garlick, backing up a little too far, with a one stump direct hit. Ben’s next over, bowled full and straight accounted for useful opener Bertie Tulley for 12 and Aidan Russell (0), both bowled. With the score at 17-5, a very short match looked on the cards. However, Freddie Jennor batted with admirable patience and hit a couple of boundaries when width was offered to reach 18 not out. He was supported initially by Aaron Emmerson who succumbed bowled by a full length quicker ball from Sam Johnson.
Joseph Graves, making his debut for the U13s, recovered from a nervous start to his bowling spell to finish with a maiden second over. Joseph then held onto a catch high above his head to give Ethan Rushton the final wicket of Fred Garlick in the last over. This was a confident and very able bowling and fielding performance, driven on by skipper Saxon Earley.
Any hope Bradfield had of getting a foothold in this match quickly disappeared as Charlie Green and James Bridges combined solid defence with expansive stroke play and good running between the wickets to amass the 61 runs needed for victory in only the 8th over. Charlie Green pulled a couple of full tosses to the boundary while James Bridges specialised in textbook front foot drives.
The impressed Bradfield coach congratulated the Melton team on their performance after the match