GREAT MELTON U15’s lost to TOPCROFT U15’s by 3 wickets at Melton Park in the South Norfolk Community League
In the first South Norfolk Community league match of the season for the Under 15’s, the lack of games showed as Melton’s batting performance cost them the game.
Batting first, Melton lost the top order all for single digit scores. Ben Carding (4), Emily Reay (8) and Sam Carding (1) set the tone for the rest of the innings. Only Alex Rennie (13) and Craig Attewell (20*) showed some resistance but a below par score of 73 was always going to be hard to defend.
After the Topcroft openers scored (21) and (10) respectively, the game raced away from Melton, even though the bowling and fielding performance was of a good standard and wasn’t shown in a fair light in the score and figures. With Sam Carding (2-0-15-2) pick of the bowlers, Melton collected 4 wickets as Topcroft won with 10 balls remaining.
GREAT MELTON U15’s beat MATTISHALL U15’s by 8 wickets at Melton Park in the Andy Seeley Competition
Melton continued the same standard of fielding and bowling as they did in the previous game against Topcroft and this led them to their first victory of the season.
Zef Ishtiaq set the pace early on with a good opening spell (2-1-4-0) but it was two of Melton’s female cricketers who took the bulk of the wickets. Rachel Hustler (3-0-18-3) and Emily Reay (4-0-23-3), assisted by Ben Carding (2.3-0-6-2), rattled through the Mattishall order and, with James Robb also picking up 2 wickets, it left Melton only needing 89 off their 20 overs.
After Melton lost two quick wickets – Craig Attewell (1) and Marcus Mawby (1) – Joe Greenslade (28) and Ben Carding (39*) worked well as a pair with Ben dispatching the bowling to all corners of the ground with six 4’s in his 39 not out. Melton won comfortably with 6 overs to spare and played well. It was the U15s first win in a season frustratingly delayed by constant cancellations.