Great Melton U9s proved no match for a very strong Brooke in the final of the Alliance John Dewing Competition at Horsford yesterday, Brooke winning by the huge margin of 172 runs. Family holidays meant that only 2 players were available from the team that beat Swardeston in the semi-final and Chris McKay’s squad of 22 was reduced to just the bare 8 available players before George Dunscombe’s late call-off due to illness meant that the U9s went into the final with only 7, including Caleb Bloss playing his first game of hard-ball cricket.
In the circumstances the boys did remarkably well, producing a spirited performance despite the gulf in match awareness and ability between the sides. Brooke’s accurate bowling saw them take 13 wickets with Finley Spinks’ 4-4 from 3 overs the most eye-catching. Will Molineux (2-4) and Tom Bush (2-6) took two wickets apiece but there was a good innings from George Fawkes who easily top-scored with 14, including 2 fours, in Melton’s total of 268-13, a net score of 216.
Melton then struck an early blow when captain, Jack Joice, bowled George Dodds first ball. Another wicket in the 4th over for George Fawkes, was the last time Melton got to celebrate, though, as Brooke piled on the runs. Bush made 40 which, together with his bowling, won him the Man-of-the-Match award from adjudicator Kevin Denmark, while there was 25 from Molineux, 20 from Dodds and 18 from George Hunter as Brooke totalled 396-2, a net score of 388.
Alliance Chairman Peter Thomas invited Patrick Dewing to present the trophy to deserved winners, Brooke who, on the day, were just too good. A big well done, though to our U9s who exceeded all expectations by battling through to the final. They can be proud to be County runners-up!
The team for the final was: Jack Joice (Captain), Henry Burke, Caleb Bloss, Jake Commerford, George Fawkes, Arlo Leeder & Archie McKay.
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