Melton U13s completed a successful season with a 9-run victory in a closely-contested match at Rocklands. With players in short supply, both managers agreed to allow their County players one final opportunity of some competitive action and Melton’s Joey Greenslade and Rocklands’ Matt Minors showed their class with half-centuries. Greenslade scored 53 before retiring and Rob Smith hit 18 to help Melton to a 16-over total of 93-2. Remarkably Rocklands only bowled 2 wides with Minors conceding just 4 runs in his 3 overs before opening the batting. With a six and 8 fours, he kept Rocklands up with the required rate, receiving good support from E.Proctor (12) but Melton’s final 3 bowlers, Smith, Ben Carding and Luke Marchant maintained a good line and length to restrict Minors’ big shots. When Marchant had Minors well caught on the mid-wicket boundary by Sam Carding for 51, Rocklands still needed 10 runs from 4 balls. Next ball Brown was caught by Marcus Mawby as Marchant, bowling at the death, returned impressive figures of 3-0-12-2. Rocklands fell short, finishing on 84-6. Smith also took 2-12 from his 3 overs.
Unfortunately the closeness of the victory and the fact that Melton only picked up 10 points means they will not overhaul either Garboldisham or Mulbarton at the top of the league so will finish 3rd despite having only lost once, at Garboldisham. Nevertheless the boys have enjoyed a very good season winning 14 of their 20 matches and losing 5 with one no result. The team also finished runners-up to Swardeston in the ECB Competition County Final. All but one of the team that played at Rocklands are still U13 next season.
Pictured are the U13s with Coach Simon Carding and Manager Duncan Greenslade.