GREAT MELTON U9s lost to ASHMANHAUGH & BARTON WANDERERS U9s by 19 runs at Melton Park in the John Dewing Competition
Batting first, Gt Melton under 9s made 265 for the loss of 3 wickets (253). Facing possibly the fastest and most accurate bowling experienced so far this season, it was a testing time for openers Oliver Wormstone and Isaac Ford. 2 wickets fell in the first over but the whole team then went on to resolutely defend their wickets while picking up any available runs. Thomas Small, Dylan Crawley, George and James Alcock each batted with concentration and determination. Sam McKay and Finley Sutton closed the innings with Finley scoring a 4 which scorched past the bowler to the boundary.
Gt Melton needed to bowl well to be in contention. This they did and while 4 wickets fell this could have easily been many more. Sam, Oliver and James each took a wicket and Dylan frequently beat the bat and just missed the stumps. Finley kept wicket and will have the bruises to show for a brave performance. Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers finished 288 for 4 (272).
For James, George and Isaac it was their first competitive Club match and each contributed to a positive result for the team which was closer than the 19 run losing margin would suggest. As the teams shook hands at the end of the match, the slightly damp spectators showed their appreciation for an enjoyable and well contested match.
Sam McKay (C), Finley Sutton, George Alcock, James Alcock, Isaac Ford, Dylan Crawley, Thomas Small, Oliver Wormstone