GREAT MELTON U11s (117-4) beat SPROWSTON U11s (21) by 96 runs at Melton Park in the South Norfolk Community League
After losing the toss Melton were put into bat on another glorious morning for cricket. An indifferent start by Melton’s top order put the brakes on the fast start usually seen. Economic bowling by Sprowston’s opening pair of Josh White and James Atkins created pressure and, when Sam Mckay fell to White, further breakthroughs would follow with the next two batsmen both failing to make double figures despite good starts. Fortunately opening batsmen Luke “The Anchor” Davies was there to shore up one end and, with the addition of George Ryan (26), the pair put on a fantastic 70 run partnership with Luke (30*) carrying his bat. Johnny Henri, on debut, ran hard between the wickets squeezing every last run out of the innings. A decent score of 117-4 gave Melton an opportunity to defend but it was held back somewhat by good Sprowston bowling with Yohan topping their figures with 2 for 22.
Opening the batting for Sprowston, White was disappointed to be run out by James Alcock with a direct hit from mid-wicket and, despite an excellent square-cut by Atkins, Sprowston’s opportunities for runs were curtailed by an enthusiastic Melton field. Daniel Whiteley, keeping wicket, was very tight with the gloves and he was supported by the excellent bowling of Oliver Wormstone (2-4) and Benedict Bailey (1-5). Sam Mckay incredibly bowled two wicket maidens in a row and a further run-out by Bailey finished the innings as Sprowston were dismissed for 29. A great effort in the field by Melton but it was the innings of Luke Davies that sealed the deal and forced the result.