GREAT MELTON U15s lost to ACLE U15s by 7 wickets at Acle in the Andy Seeley Quarter Final
In the Andy Seeley Quarter finals, Melton faced tough opposition in Acle. Batting first, Joe Greenslade and Rob Smith scored quickly against some tight Acle bowling. Smith found the boundary frequently as he and Greenslade kept the scoreboard ticking. After Smith was ran out for 37, James Robb joined Greenslade as he continued on to his 50. Greenslade eventually departed for 58 and Robb for 27 but a few late runs by Emily Reay (4) and Alex Rennie (1*) enabled Melton to post a good total of 137.
Melton started well, taking two wickets in quick succession but Acle batsman Larner (71) and Dhesi (38) batted well as Melton kept searching for another breakthrough. With Greenslade relying mainly on his slow bowlers who generally bowled tight lines it looked like being a close finish. Alex Rennie (3-0-15-1) showed good control as the overs ticked away and Luke Marchant (1.1-0-11-1), came on at the death and picked up the vital wicket of Dhesi but Larner remained defiant and Acle pinched the win with just 4 balls to spare.
It was a well contested game, with many observers commenting on quality of the cricket. Melton U15s should be credited for their outstanding performance which really deserved a place in the semi-finals.
GREAT MELTON U15s beat GREAT ELLINGHAM U15s by 17 runs at Melton Park in the South Norfolk Community League
Great Melton U15s continued their winning streak in the South Norfolk Community League with a superb 17-run victory over a strong Great Ellingham side. After being put into bat, Ben Carding and Fergus Hughes went out from the start with the target to post a competitive total. A solid partnership of 101 was finally broken as Fergus Hughes was bowled for a good 30. Ben Carding carried on to his 50, with supporting roles from Sam Carding (1) and Alex Tonnison (3*). Ben, finished with his first fifty and his highest-ever score – 76 not out – which helped Melton to a very competitive total of 141 for the loss of only two wickets.
Melton carried on their excellent form with the ball, as Zef Ishtiaq took the wicket of Ryan Fuller in his first over. Ellingham put up a real fight with knocks of 50 and 42 respectively, but Melton did not panic and wrapped up the innings by getting the last 3 wickets for no runs as Ellingham were bowled out for 124. Sam Carding (2-0-2-1), Ben Carding (2.2-0-8-2) and Ryan Howard (3-0-13-1) were the stand-out bowlers.