GREAT MELTON U15s beat MULBARTON U15s by 17 runs at Orchard Park in the South Norfolk Community League
Great Melton U15s somehow snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in their top-of-the -league clash at Mulbarton. The home side, chasing Melton’s 119-2 , seemed to be in cruise control with Tom Osborne and D.Phillips plundering 73 off the first 8 overs with Osborne taking full advantage of some friendly bowling to smash 3 sixes and 4 fours. Melton looked down and out but spinners Henry Lynch (3-0-9-0) and Tom Moye (3-0-16-1) somehow put a brake on the scoring and, when Moye had Osborne caught by Rob Smith for 48 it was the breakthrough Melton needed. Suddenly the bowling became tighter and the the fielding sharper. Skipper Ben Carding bowled two successive maidens, including a wicket-maiden that removed Phillips for 17 and, with Smith, Matt Ling and Craig Attewell all bowling with greater control than they had shown in their earlier spells, Mulbarton were unable to build on their good start, falling short by 17 runs.
Earlier Carding had scored 34 not out and Craig Attewell 36 not out in a 3rd wicket partnership of 76 after Smith (7) and Moye (10) had been dismissed. Morton (3-0-11-1) and Phillips (3-0-5-0) were Mulbarton’s best bowlers.
The result means that Melton have consolidated their position at the top of the SNCL table and, barring any slip-ups , should retain their title. A feature of the match was the performance of U11 wicket-keeper Saxon Earley who was not at all fazed by the older, faster bowlers and , despite some erratic bowling early on, gave an impressive display that included a stumping.