GREAT MELTON U15s beat LOWESTOFT TOWN U15s by 5 wickets at Melton Park in the Andy Seeley Trophy Quarter-Final

Great Melton U15s made it comfortably through to the semi-final of the NCA Andy Seeley Trophy with a 5-wicket victory over visitors Lowestoft.  Lohit Kannan and Saxon Earley led the way with unbeaten 30s after Saxon, Ben Fletcher and Josh Wright had taken the wickets in restricting Lowestoft to 95-5.

With Wright electing to field, having won the toss, James Bridges and Melton’s skipper bowled fairly tight opening overs but George Sims and Will Frary looked more than competent batsmen with Sims, in particular, hitting some lovely leg-side shots.  The breakthrough came when Saxon Earley was introduced to the attack, immediately bowling Frary for 17.  Saxon’s spell of 3-0-7-1 was in contrast to some rather untidy bowling at the other end – Melton conceding 18 in wides and no-balls – but the young visitors were unable to score enough boundaries as wickets kept tumbling. Ben Fletcher’s much-improved second spell brought him the prize wicket of Sims, clean-bowled for 25, Sam Johnson ran out Hailey while Wright returned to account for  Hutchinson, well caught by Nat Buxton and Coote, next ball.  Apart from Saxon, Josh (3-0-15-2) and James (3-0-10-0) were Melton’s best bowlers.

In reply, Melton lost James Bridges (3) lbw to Frary but Lohit Kannan and Saxon Earley looked comfortable, Lohit’s composed and elegant shot-making was complemented by Saxon’s more aggressive style and the latter was first to retire having reached  33 with his 7th four.  Lohit retired on 32 soon afterwards and, although Josh was caught for 4, the match was almost won and it was left to Ben Fletcher to hit the winning boundary.  Lowestoft captain Frary was Lowestoft’s best bowler with 3-0-17-1.

It means Melton now play Norwich away for a place in the Andy Seeley final which will be at Melton Park on the morning of Thursday 9th August.

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The Great Melton U15s Team that defeated Lowestoft

Steve Phoenix

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