GREAT MELTON U9s beat VAUXHALL MALLARDS U9s by 62 runs at Melton Park in the John Dewing Competition
Melton U9s won continued their winning run with victory over Vauxhall Mallards but their 62-run win was not quite enough to give them a place in the John Dewing Cup Semi-Finals. It meant Horsford, Acle and Melton all finished with five wins and 10 points at the top of their group but Acle and Horsford went through on runs-per-wicket.
In his first match as Captain, Sam Davey won the toss and elected to bat. Openers Ethan Ellis and Louis Armstrong Brown saw off some accurate bowling by the visitors putting on 21 without loss. Sam and Harrison Cunningham then continued to frustrate the Vauxhall Mallard bowlers with Harrison hitting two powerful fours. Next in was James Cooper who hit 26 not out during an impressive display of how to punish any wayward bowling. With partner William Bailey, a partnership of 42 started to build a match winning score for Great Melton. Jamie Granville and Krishna Patel came in as the final pair. Jamie scored five while Krishna hit a superb 6 which sailed over the boundary. The innings closed on 310 for 3, a net score of 298.
After refueling with considerable amounts of chocolate, the Gt Melton team went out to field. Opening bowlers Jamie and Louis bowled with pace and accuracy.The opening 4 overs were a well matched contest of good bowling and batting Louis was very economical, keeping the pressure on the batters while it was Jamie who bowled the breakthrough wicket. Sam Davey took 2 wickets for just 1 run increasing the strong position which was developing for Melton. The bowlers were well supported by the fielders, Ethan Ellis diving full length more than once to stop 4 runs. William Bailey also took 2 wickets and Krishna another as Vauxhall Mallards reached a total of 260 for 6 a net score of 236.