After several attempts, Melton Phoenix, the club’s U19 Team eventually played their second game in the ECB U19 T20 Competition but proved no match for an older and more experienced Hethersett & Tas Valley Team who won by 82 runs.
With the big-hitting David Mathews and Tom Osborne both scoring half-centuries and Jonathan Cooper unbeaten on 28, Tas managed to post 159-2 from their 20 overs. It wasn’t actually a bad bowling display from Melton who only bowled 8 wides/no balls even though leg-side wides were in operation but Mathews and Osborne struck the ball hard and were helped by Melton’s inability to hold their catches. Ben Johnson, continuing his good recent form, was easily the pick of the bowlers with 1-15 from his 4 overs.
Chasing a large total, Melton suffered two early blows when Lohit Kannan (0) and Kai Wilkinson-Loines (4) both departed cheaply. Pat Walton and Kyle Weston showed some resistance with 23 and 10 respectively but once they were out, the rest of the batting folded, no other batsman making double-figures as Melton were dismissed for 77, Alex Bird taking 3-6 and J.Rhodes 2-0.
With the third group match versus Breckland called off for a second time – on this occasion they were unable to raise a side and conceded – and the deadline this Friday it means the third group match will now not be played.
A big thank-you to Josh Wright and his dad Chris for their efforts in managing the U19s this season. Thanks also to the parents, coaches and senior players who have helped out with umpiring, scoring etc.
To view the scorecard, click this link: http://greatmelton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4028040