GREAT MELTON U9s beat MARTHAM U9s by 98 runs at Martham in the John Dewing Competition
The U9s got their season off to a strong start with a convincing win away to Martham in the first round of the John Dewing trophy.
Sam McKay won the toss and elected to bowl. The bowling throughout the innings from all 7 Melton bowlers was excellent. Harry Cheal, in his first match as a wicket keeper was outstanding showing great courage to get behind the ball, especially to the faster bowlers. Benedict Bailey (2-0-4-2), Oliver Wormstone (2-1-3-2) and Sam McKay (3-2-2-3) returned impressive figures, but all bowlers bowled with great control and direction to make scoring very hard for Martham. The fielding was also of a high standard, the highlight being Thomas Small’s direct hit run out from midwicket.
Martham finished with a net sore of 196, thanks to Melton taking 11 wickets.
Blade Earley & Jack Rowley got the Melton innings off to a flyer putting on 27 for the first pair and not getting out. The calling and taking of quick singles was a particular highlight.
All 4 pairs batted well and finished with net scores greater than 0. Daniel Graves looked very solid scoring 16, with one particularly sweetly struck 4 running past the boundary by some distance. In the end, Melton ended up with a net score of 294, having lost only 4 wickets in their 16 overs.
The team spirit was excellent, and the hospitality shown by Martham was very warm. The u9s will undoubtedly face tougher tests this season, but this was a great way to start the season.