After a disappointing batting display led to an opening day defeat to Rocklands, the Great Melton U14 team bounced back with a solid all round display against Old Buckenham boys on week 2 (21/11).
Invited to bat, openers James Bridges and Oli Leinster started quietly. Oli was bowled during the first over but that was to prove the only wicket to fall. Ironically Oli was the only batsman not to lose his wicket against Rocklands. However, both batsmen contributed to a net 20 runs from their 4 over innings.
Ollie Black and debutant Ethan Rushton entered the fray with regular singles and the occasional 3 allowing the total to build to 138 with a contribution of 18 runs.
Charlie Green and other debutant Kit Fordham finished off the innings brightly. After a couple of sharply taken 3s in their first 2 overs the third of their overs was a powerplay. Kit took advantage of the mid on standing rather wide to drive a 12 through the gap. Further good running between the wickets meant the they added 42 to leave Old Buckenham chasing a challenging 180. Old Buckenham were to regret missed catches, run outs and stumping opportunities though they stuck to their task through the innings.
Tight bowling to the opening Old Bucks pair kept them down to only 8 runs though they gave no wickets. Kit continued his impressive debut with 2 overs for 5 runs. The second Old Bucks pair started quietly though as the scoreboard pressure mounted they tried to attack Ethan’s second over. Two 6s were struck but James brought the first wicket with a run out and then Ethan took a diving caught and bowled chance meaning the score had only reached 120 when the last pair came to the wicket. The final pair ran well but 2 wickets in Charlie’s second over (another James run out and a one handed diving catch by keeper Oli) made the target very difficult to reach.
Oli and James bowled accurately enough in the final 2 power play overs to restrict Old Buckenham to a total of 157-4 and a victory by 23 runs.