It’s been a successful winter for Duncan Greenslade and Simon Carding’s U14 indoor squad who, on Saturday got to the final of the Lords Taverners Indoor Tournament at the UEA, having already won the South Norfolk Community Zip League.
Unfortunately, after being presented with the Zip League trophy and medals by sponsor Derek Barnard last Monday, the U14s produced their worst display of the campaign and crashed to their only defeat of the season against Mulbarton.
On Saturday, in the Lords Taverners’ Tournament, however, the team bounced back. With Luke Marchant, Ben Carding and James Robb starring with the bat against James’ old club, Vauxhall Mallards, Melton got off to a winning start in their group. A second victory followed against Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers, where James took 4 wickets. Remarkably, the team hadn’t lost a wicket in the first 2 matches but it was tighter against Sprowston with Ben Carding and James batting out the final over to give Melton a 0ne-run win. Having topped the group Melton then faced old rivals Swardeston in the semi-final and produced another excellent bowling display followed by some disciplined batting to give them a comfortable victory. In the final Melton faced another unbeaten team, Fakenham, who bowled very well to keep Melton to a net score of 147. The strong Fakenham side then batted very sensibly, taking few risks, and denying Melton wickets to win by over 30 runs.
As has often been the case, the final hurdle was just too high for Melton who probably produced their worst display in the final but credit to Fakenham who played some very good cricket and deserved to represent Norfolk in the regional tournament on March 2nd.
The boys achievement is even more praiseworthy considering the team were without their normal captain and star player, Joey Greenslade, who was representing Norwich City against Cardiff City in Wales. Congratulations to the squad of James Robb, Ben Carding, Craig Attewell, Luke Marchant, Matt and Alex Rennie, Marcus Mawby and Rob Smith.