GREAT MELTON U15s beat NORWICH U15s by 47 runs at Melton Park in the South Norfolk Community League
Great Melton U15s belatedly kicked off their SNCL campaign with a good 47-run win over Norwich. Invited to bat first on the first overcast and slightly chilly evening for several weeks, Lohit Kannan and Nt Buxton got Melton off to an excellent start with an opening partnership of 99. Both batsmen started slowly but Lohit was quick to punish anything short or wide, despatching the ball to the boundary 7 times in a stylish 50. Nat was content to provide a supporting role but managed to unleash a few of his trademark pulls before being caught at mid-off for 23. With Lohit retiring having reached his half-century and Josh Wright lbw first ball, it was left to Sam Johnson and Ben Fletcher (4 not out) to add a few late runs. The in-form Johnson scored an unbeaten 21 as the pair scampered quick singles and twos to take Melton’s score to an impressive 134-2. There were two wickets for Kian McLean (2-0-18-2) but Nathan Whitty (3-0-11-0) was the most impressive of the Norwich bowlers.
Ollie Black struck early to blunt the visitor’s response, taking two good catches, first at mid-off to remove Ben Stewart-Miles (1) off Josh Wright (2.4-0-7-1) then off his own bowling to dismiss Matt Whitty (16). Norwich captain Buzz Kemp resisted for a while, scoring 26 before being bowled by Freddie Paterson (2-0-11-1) and Sam Johnson (1-0-4-1) bowled McLean for 11 but Taha Raja, on his debut, was the most impressive of Melton’s bowlers, taking 2-8 in his 3 overs as Norwich were bowled out for 87, Angus Marks (15) the last batsman dismissed, run out by Wright.
Some good cricket was played by both sides in a well-contested game.
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