GREAT MELTON U13s beat VAUXHALL MALLARDS U13s by 39 runs at Melton Park in the Alan Bridgewater Semi-Final
Melton’s talented Under 13s won through to their second county final of the season with a comfortable 39-run win over Vauxhall Mallards in the Alliance Alan Bridgewater Semi-Final. The visitors won the toss and elected to field first even though they were a player short as George Bowman was returning from County duty in Suffolk. Luke Marchant and Matt Ling started very positively hitting 25 off the first 2 overs before Marchant was given out, caught behind, for 21 from just 3 overs. That was Mallards last success, however, as even the arrival of Bowman failed to stem the flow of runs. Fergus Hughes, as usual, batted very well, hitting some excellent shots before retiring on 30. Ling, one of the club’s most improved juniors, also looked in good touch and Ryan Howard, having survived being given out only to be re-called because the ‘catch’ had come from a bump ball, made the most of his good fortune to hit a quick 22 not out. Ling also retired on 30 in the final over having been the backbone to Melton’s 123-1, with Tom Moye striking the final ball for 4. Bowman (0-33), H.Williams (0-27) and T.Williams (0-27) were all quite expensive in their 3 overs as Melton scored at 7.5 an over despite impressive figures from Stiles (3-0-6-1).
Melton’s fielding and bowling then matched their batting as Mallards were restricted to 84-4. Tom Poole tried hard to push the score along before retiring with 31 but Luke Marchant marshalled his team well, restricting the boundaries. Marchant’s opening over went for 2 while Howard (3-0-11-0), Craig Wilson (3-0-12-0) and Kyle Weston (2-0-13-0) all bowled tidy spells so, when opener H.Williams was bowled by Ben Bailey for 22, the visitors’ score was 45-1 off 9 overs and the run rate had soared to 11 an over. Despite Poole’s efforts, only 5 boundaries were conceded by Melton who looked comfortable winners long before the end. Marchant finished with 3-0-10-1 and Tom Moye 3-0-13-1 while Matt Ling completed a fine team performance with an excellent display behind the stumps to go with his 30 runs.
Well done to the Under 13s who will now meet Great Witchingham or Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers in the final which is at Sprowston Cricket Club, Barkers Lane on Friday 16th August at 2.00 p.m.